By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 7 December 2014:
At least a dozen people were killed and sixteen injured as fighting continued in the west . . .[restrict]of the country today, while rumours circulated that Zawia is thinking of allowing the National Army to occupy the town without resisting.
Zawia had seemed last week to have divided angrily into pro- and anti-Dawn factions. However the speculation is that the town’s elders have met and agreed they want no further part in the ranks of Libya Dawn.
It would seem unlikely however that the Zawians would welcome the arrival of troops from deadly rival Warshefana. Indeed, if the news is correct, it may be simply that Zawia intends to withdraw from the conflict entirely, but will resist any attempt to occupy it, by either side.
There were more air strikes near the border, this time to the south of Zoltan at Alessa and on Zoltan itself. These are presumed to be part of the drive to take Ras Jedir, the main border crossing with Tunisia.
According to Zintani sources the National Army is now in control of much of Sorman and Al Ajaylat, while there has been heavy fighting to the south of Sabratha. Ghariyan remains largely cut off.
There continues to be little information on the weaponry, particularly the Scud rockets that Misrata’s Central Shield forces took with them when they pulled out of Sebha last week. A military source told the Libya Herald that even in Qaddafi’s time the rockets had been badly stored and maintained. He doubted that they would be in any better order after three further years of complete neglect.