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Rebels have advanced west along Libya’s Mediterranean coast, retaking many towns along the way. On Monday, their sights were set on Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, hoping to take control of the city.

Libya’s unrest
No-fly zone Coalition attacks Clashes Derna Al Bayda Benina Sirte Ajdabiya Tobruk Gadhafi control Rebel control

The situation as of Monday
Zuwara Zawiya Tripoli Bussetta Misrata Okba Ibn Nafa Zintan Tripoli: Nine explosions heard in capital late Sunday night Mitiga Bin Jawad Al Jufra Ras Lanuf Uqayla Brega Ajdabiya: Fell to rebel forces Saturday following allied air strikes. Strategic oil installations, including Ras Lanuf, Brega, Uqayla and Bin Jawad, fell to rebels Sunday

Timeline of unrest
Feb 15/16: Riot in Benghazi, triggered by arrest of human rights activist Fethi Tarbel. Feb. 17: Designated a day of rage. Feb 21: Diplomats side with revolt against Gadhafi. Feb. 22: Gadhafi vows to die “a martyr” and says he will crush the revolt. Feb. 24: Anti-Libyan rebels take control of Misrata. Feb. 26: UN imposes sanctions on Gadhafi and his family, and refers Libya’s treatment of rebels to the International Criminal Court. Feb. 28: EU governments approve sanctions against Gadhafi and his closest advisers. Gadhafi ignores protests and says all Libyans love him. March 1: UN suspends Libya’s Human Rights Council membership because of violence against protesters. March 5: The Libyan National Council, rebels fighting to oust Gadhafi, meets in Benghazi and declares itself sole Libyan representative. March 10: Warplanes sent by loyal Gadhafi forces bomb Brega. Gadhafi takes back control of Zawiyah. March 12: Calls for a UN no-fly zone over Libya. March 16: Gadhafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, claims “everything will be over in 48 hours.” March 17: UN authorizes Libyan no-fly zone and military action to protect civilians. March 19: First air strikes halt advance of Gadhafi's forces on Benghazi and target Libya’s air defences. March 20: Libya declares ceasefire, while Gadhafi says he is giving out weapons to his people. March 21: Second wave of air strikes; a missile intended to kill Gadhafi destroys a building. March 22: Western warplanes fire more than 162 Tomahawk cruise missiles. March 23: Government forces shell Misrata, killing dozens. They also attack the town of Zintan. March 24: Britain fires Tomahawk missiles at air defence. French jet shoots down Libyan warplane over Misrata. March 25: Rebels vow to take Ajdabiya the next day after British strikes on Gadhafi’s forces. March 26: Rebels retake Ajdabiya. March 27: Rebels continue, retaking several cities west of Ajdabiya. March 28: Westward rebel advance is halted east of Sirte. Rebels lose control of part of Misratah after heavy shelling from Gadhafi’s troops.


Al Bumbah Abdul-Nasser

Misrata: Gadhafi's forces continue advance Monday on residential area west of rebel-held city



200km 125 miles


Sirte: Gadhafi's hometown came under heavy allied air attacks Sunday-Monday


Moammar Gadhafi
Gadhafi’s age when King Idriss was ousted, making him leader


Number of years in power; one of the longest-serving rulers in history


Number of neighbouring countries he has tried to merge Libya with


Sources: Graphic News; Reuters; Wikipedia; Christian Science Monitor



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