Major General AbdulFatah Younis, ehemaliger Innenminister Gaddafis, der die demokratische Opposition seit Wochen unterstützt, richtet in einer Pressekonferenz einen eindringlichen Appell an UN und Sicherheitsrat, die Menschen in Misrata zu schützen.
Während Gaddafi weiterhin die Weltöffentlichkeit mit Verhandlungen, Angeboten über Feuerpause, Entsenden von Unterhändlern nach Griechenland usw. zum Narren hält, fährt er auch während dieser Offerten ohne Unterlass in seiner gnadenlosen Ausrottung des demokratischen Widerstandes in Libyen fort. Jede Verhandlungstaktik war und ist ist bisher Tarnung und Vorspiel gesteigerter Aggessivität seiner militärischen Attacken auf die Bevölkerung Libyens.
In Misrata ist die Zivilbevölkerung der Übermacht dieser Militärmaschine mit Scharfschützen, Rakentenwerfern, Panzern, ausgeliefert. Seit Tagen ist die Versorgung der Bevölkerung Misratas auch mit Trinkwasser durch Gaddafi-Truppen zerstört. Die UN und der Sicherheitsrat sind dringend gefordert, die Bevölkerung von Misrata mit UN-Schutztruppen vor dem Hinschlachten zu retten.
Translation by Libyafeb17.com:
Translation in English by Libyafeb17.com:
At last! We have translated the entire press conference that Major General AbdulFatah Younis gave to journalists today. The english translation offered by the translator in the video is difficult to understand due to the poor audio quality.
Question: Why has NATO stopped striking Gaddafi forces on the ground and what is the explanation?
AbdulFatah Younis: Sadly, NATO has let us down. Myself and my officers call the NATO officers and give them the targets that if struck will protect the civilians. But respected people, the NATO coalition has not given us what we want. If NATO wanted to destroy the siege around Misratah, then it could have done so days ago. They use “killing civilians” as an excuse, “we do not want to perform air strikes for fear of killing civilians”. The area that Gaddafi forces are stationed in does not have any civilians. Plus, civilians are dying each day. Children, women and old aged that do not have any medicine, they have no milk. Children who do not have the most basic types of medicine. Children are dying each day, and they die each day from bombardment. Men and women. If NATO will wait for another week, then Misratah will be finished. No one will be alive. Its people will die and it will be a crime on the forehead of the international community till the end of time. What is NATO doing? The UN put NATO on our head like a crown and it’s not doing much. A strike here and a strike there. Let me tell you something….translate this first…
AbdulFatah Younis: When a huge force of tanks, Grad missiles, rocket launchers and 155 (?) cannons appears and heads to Ajdabiya, Brega or Benghazi for example, we inform NATO instantly because we do not have the type of weaponry to block them. NATO’s reaction/respons is very slow. For our message to be delivered from one representative to another to another to the head of NATO to the Field Commander to the fighter jet pilot takes 8 hours. Is this Gaddafi force pushing forward going to wait for 8 hours until it is bombed from the air? Of course not! It will have entered the city and set it alight! NATO needs to either do its job properly with us, or I will ask the National Council of Libya to raise this concern to the UN Security Council. This matter is serious, people are dying each day and all that is mentioned is NATO is with us. Nato is with us, that’s it, where? Air strikes, yes, sometimes, but this slowness is allowing Gaddafi’s forces to kill people. After they enter a city, that’s it. You should strike him before he enters the city and I will give you the coordinates and the points of congregation and points to strikes. Even our planes, we have some planes, a few that we managed to fix after the pure Libyan revolution. We fixed some planes, we have one armed gunship, and some MIG 21s and MIG 23s. Even when we ask to bring out our planes they say no, don’t fly them. But these planes can come out quickly, after 3 minutes of a warning issued they can be in the air. This fixed plane can benefit me because its quick, on the spot, a hand’s reach away, available on the ground. They say to us no don’t use your planes. So you are not being merciful to us and neither are you allowing God’s mercy to come down to us. You were not merciful to us and neither did you allow us to use our planes. We find ourselves in the parting ways of comfort. I leave this message to you as journalists, upright and moral men and women so you can spread it to the world, so that NATO is not considered to be an “asset” helping us.
Question: We’ve been looking at the fighting going on along the coast, but we’ve heard there’s been an attack on oil fields further south. We have no idea what’s going on in the south of Libya, how much of it is rebel held, is there a line dividing it and is it possible that Gaddafi’s forces could come up here and start attacking any areas along the east coast.
AbdulFatah Younis: The military situation in the southern regions, like we said, the forces under our command are organised forces which are focused on the battle front. The oil fields have some patrols and some revolutionary youth performing rounds to protect the oil fields.
They tried to bombard Misla oil field and part of As Sireer oil field. The damage is great but we are working on fixing that now. This is all for the sake of depriving the eastern region from its oil that is in its land and to stop it being transported to Hrega port in Tobruk, because the Transitional Council has the legitimacy to sell oil now. From Hrega port in Tobruk, and it began signing contracts and deal via our neighbour Qatar, but without a doubt, Gaddafi’s regime does not want the people to enjoy their most basic rights. Yesterday we intercepted a cable/wire from the forces present near the oil field and destroying it to its leadership HQ in Tripoli saying “we have destroyed and sabotaged etc” so that they do not execute them when they come back to Tripoli. But the fact is very different to what was mentioned in this wire. All the damage that has been caused we will be able to fix and mend in a matter of hours and days. Also, we notified NATO regarding these forces, NATO said..(**Laughs**)…NATO has become our problem…NATO said we cannot strike them when they are in the oil fields. These guys were traveling on asphalt roads. Hit them while they’re on the asphalt, the oil fields are far from the road and deep underground. Air strikes from mounted machine guns and small missiles will not damage the oil fields. But sadly, that did not happen and it was our forcesو group of revolutionaries and the oil installation guards who took the role of defending these oil fields and facilities.
AbdulFatah Younis: Regarding the south…I’m sorry…regarding the south. Forces are always coming from Mali and Chad…
Man shouting: You killed our children and families..you killed our children and families!
Guys off shot: Take it easy take it easy!
AbdulFatah Younis: What is this? Go out and see what’s happening. Go guys and see what’s happening. Go Abdulmenem, send someone, someone without a weapon.
Man speaking to AbdulFatah: He said tell them about the events regarding the Embassy, he’s speaking about Mu’ammar, said he killed our families
AbdulFatah Younis: Please take your seats, please be seated…
Assistant: Major General please take a seat inside until things settle
AbdulFatah Younis: No it’s alright, things are fine here. Alright, next question
Question: Ben Hubbard from Associated. Hello. From what everyone is seeing on the ground, it seems like the military operation is either headed for a defeat or at best a standstill somewhere in the area around Brega. What specific steps are they taking to make this not happen, or to prevent this from happening?
AbdulFatah Younis: Like I said to you, we have a force on the front line. But every day we are sending a new force. Today we sent a new force, tomorrow we will send a new force and a new force will go the day after that. This in turn will make our front line stronger, firmer and prevent it from retreating backwards.
Question: We trust you, the revolutionaries trust you. Please give us a justification for the commotion that happened just now.
AbdulFatah Younis: First of all I didn’t understand what happened. The man spoke about events that happened in an embassy. I was not in the interior ministry and had nothing to do with it.
Man off camera: He was speaking about Gaddafi’s regime…
AbdulFatah Younis: I was the one who ordered the security forces to go to the streets and it took control of the situation.
Journalist: There are arab and foreign journalists here who wish to understand
AbdulFatah Younis: yes yes of course. I was the Interior minister before the 17th February revolution. At the same time I was the commander of the special forces in Benghazi. And amongst all the martyrs and injured, none was killed or harmed by police or special forces under my command. Because the first day I received the post of Interior Minister, I issued a decree that was spread to all the police stations in LIbya stating: “It is forbidden to fire live ammunition against any Libyan citizen for any circumstance. Whoever carries out that will be referred to the criminal courts. Some events have occurred in Tripoli and they have been referred to the Criminal Court and some were sentenced life imprisonment. The forces under my command did not scratch even one citizen from Benghazi. Thank you, thank you.