The National Transitional Council (NTC) would like to bring to the attention of the international community the Gaddafi regime’s latest statement concerning the situation in Misurata. As announced on Sunday 10 April, the regime has declared that it will use force to prevent any party from delivering medical and humanitarian assistance to the city of Misurata.
The NTC would also like to bring to the attention of the international community that the Gaddafi regime is accelerating attacks on Misurata, using sophisticated weapons including GRAD missiles, with the aim of breaching the city and massacring its civilians including women, children and the elderly. The mass killings have begun this morning.
The Council sends this appeal to the international community to assume its responsibilities, and move urgently to stop the anticipated massacre of men, women and children. The NTC is calling on the international community to use all necessary measures to ensure the implementation of UNSCR 1973 to protect civilians, by declaring Misurata an internationally protected zone, and insist on delivering medical and humanitarian aid to the people of Misurata who are subject to continuous indiscriminate shelling.
We appeal to the international community to continue their support of the Libyan people in their efforts to end the siege on our capital Tripoli and the western mountain areas. We urgently ask that they continue to support our struggle against the tyrannical Gaddafi regime and its oppression of our aspirations for freedom, democracy and dignity.
National Transitional Council, Libya
April 14, 2011