May 11, 2011
Rebels in the port city of Misrata said they took over the local airport Wednesday from Moammar Gadhafi’s retreating forces, and seized weapons and ammunition, a potentially major breakthrough in efforts to break a two-month siege.
The reported rebel advance was the latest in a sudden flurry of accounts of opposition victories, coming in tandem with intensified NATO airstrikes on Gadhafi’s forces in several regions. Even though some of the combat reports are difficult to confirm, they seem to represent a major boost for the rebels prospects’ after weeks of stalemate in their effort to end Gadhafi’s 42-year rule over Libya.
According to a rebel who identified himself as Abdel Salam, rebels were in total control of the airport in Misrata’s southern outskirts after two days of fighting. He said five rebels were killed and 105 injured.