Colonel Ahmed Bani, a former Libyan Air Force officer who joined the opposition movement and became the rebels’ military spokesman, says it is possible Qaddafi reached Sabha.
Sabha has a Libyan Air Force base and other significant military assets. If Qaddafi could reach Sabha, it would provide him the option of easy desert escape routes into neighboring Niger and Chad.Rebels broadened their hunt the elusive Qaddafi as fighting against regime loyalists flared elsewhere, including around the southern city of Sabha, rebel officials said. Two major cities remained under the control of Qaddafi loyalists– his birth town of Sirte on the Mediterranean coast to the east of Tripoli and the desert city of Sabha about 650 kilometers south of Tripoli.
“We will not forget the south while we are in the middle of these victories tonight,” he said. “Qaddafi’s wrongdoing brigades are intensely shelling the city of Sabha. I don’t want my brothers and sisters in all the liberated Libyan cities to forget that Sabha and all the other southern cities which haven’t yet been liberated require a helping hand.” more