2011 Msallata clashes

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2011 Msallata clashes
Part of the Libyan civil war
Date 3 August – 9 August 2011
Location Msallata, Libya
Result Unclear
  • Rebels take control of the town after a popular uprising.
  • Pro-Gaddafi forces surround the town.
  • No independent contact with the rebels in the town since 7 August.
  • Rebels take control of Msallata in September.
Belligerents
Libya Anti-Gaddafi forces
  • Local Militia
Libya Gaddafi Loyalists
Casualties and losses
3 killed[1] Unknown

The 2011 Msallata clashes were a series of clashes in the Libyan civil war between rebel anti-Gaddafi forces and loyalist pro-Gaddafi forces for control of the town of Msallata which took place in early August 2011.

Clashes[edit]

On 4 August, a Msallata resident reported to Reuters that, on 3 August, "There was a clash between people waiting in a queue outside a bakery. It was just before sunset, when people break the Ramadan fast". After police intervened, it turned into a protest against the government. Several government buildings were set on fire, troops were called in and the town declared a closed area.[1] Local rebels overran a local school that was being used as a base for government troops in the town.[2]

On 6 August, Msallata rebels reported to AFP that pro-Gaddafi forces did not control the town, but had it surrounded and were making arrests on the periphery. Electricity and communications were cut off and they feared a bloodbath.[3]

On 7 August, Raed Hussein, an envoy from Msallata's military council, reported that the town remained under rebel control after four days of siege. However, he expected that more loyalists would be sent from nearby Khoms to bolster the siege.[2]

On 9 August, rebel-aligned al-Manara Media reported that a private militia run by a "gangster" appointed by Gaddafi controlled Msallata's exits while anti-Gaddafi Msallata residents controlled most of the inner city.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Three killed in town south of Tripoli - resident". Reuters Africa. Reuters. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Kadhafi forces report gains, launch offensive". MSN Arabia. Agence France-Presse. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Libyan rebels report town under siege". Times Live. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Gaddafi appoints gangster as new overlord of Msalata". Alexblx. 2011-08-09. Archived from the original on 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2011-08-17.