African leaders condemn Libya's war
|A general view of a naval military
facility damaged by coalition air strikes in eastern Tripoli, March
The leaders of South Africa, Uganda
and Zimbabwe have condemned airstrikes carried out on Libya by the United States
and its European allies.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, whose
country supported UN resolution 1973, said the West has sought a "regime-change
doctrine" under the pretext of the no-fly zone, state-run BBC reported on
Zuma rejected "any foreign intervention, whatever its form,"
calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya.
Uganda's President Yoweri
Museveni, who was supposed to conduct a mediation task in Libya on behalf of the
African Union before the strikes, accused the West of having double standards
when he compared their stance on Libya with Bahrain.
Robert Mugabe also lashed out at Western countries taking part in the Libya war,
saying these “vampires” are seeking to drain the North African country's
The comments come on the heels of the recent airstrikes by Western
forces, which are claimed to be aimed at crippling Libya's air defenses and
preventing the Libyan army from attacking civilians in a month-old revolution
against Gaddafi's 42-year rule.
Earlier on Tuesday, a US F15 fighter jet
crashed in Libya but its two crew members were rescued, the US military
Meanwhile, forces loyal to Gaddafi launched a deadly offensive
in the town of Yafran, southwest of the capital, Tripoli on Tuesday and
tightened their siege on the western town of Zintan and the strategically
important city of Misratah.