libyan rebels reject qaddafi’s offer to talk


AP: Aug. 27: Libyan rebels are seen on the road out of Misrata, 118 miles from Sirte, Libya.

TRIPOLI, Libya –  Libyan rebels on Sunday rejected an offer by Muammar Qaddafi to negotiate and said they have captured the eastern town of Bin Jawwad, forcing regime loyalists to flee after days of fighting.

With his regime crumbling, Qaddafi is on the run, but his chief spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told The Associated Press the Libyan leader is still in Libya. As the call for negotiations came, new signs emerged of arbitrary killings of detainees and civilians by Qaddafi forces during the rebels’ push into Tripoli earlier this week, including some 50 charred corpses at a regime lockup.

The rebels dismissed (gạt bỏ, reject) Qaddafi’s proposal, relayed by (được chuyển lại, passed over by) Ibrahim by phone, to have his son al-Saadi lead talks on a transitional government as delusional (lừa mị, ảo tưởng phỉnh phờ)

“I would like to state very clearly, we don’t recognize them. We are looking at them as criminals. We are going to arrest them very soon,” Mahmoud Shammam, the information minister in the rebels’ transitional government, told a news conference. “Talking about negotiations is a daydream (chuyện hão huyền) for what remains of the dictatorship.”

In London Sunday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague also dismissed the offer, saying the National Transitional Council was already in charge of the country and that Qaddafi should call on (kêu gọi) his supporters to stop fighting.

“I referred a few days ago to Col. Qaddafi making delusional statements and this is another one of them,” Hague told the BBC.

The rebels control most of Libya, including Tripoli, but are struggling to alleviate (làm nhẹ bớt, cải thiện tình trạng) shortages of water, fuel and electricity in the capital. Usama el-Abed, the deputy leader of the new city council, said between 60 and 70 percent of the residents don’t have enough water, but that the shortages are due to technical problems, not sabotage (phá hoại) by regime forces.

The U.N. is preparing to ship in baby food, bottled water and medicine. World Health Organization officials are on Malta, some 350 kilometers (225 miles) north of Tripoli, to prepare the aid shipments, which are expected to leave for (chuyển đi) Libya in the next few days.

In one small attempt at returning to normal, a traffic policeman in a white uniform was on duty Sunday in an eastern neighborhood of Tripoli. “Today is the first day that we started working. Things are under control and running smoothly,” said traffic cop Abu Bakr al-Murbet.

Some 1,000 Egyptians, Jordanians and Filipinos boarded a passenger ferry (phà chở khách) in Tripoli’s port Sunday to escape instability and shortages. Most people said they plan to return to their jobs in Libya once the situation calmed down (dịu xuống, yên bình trở lại) 

Before the outbreak of fighting, large numbers of foreign workers — some estimates go as high as 2.5 million — were employed in oil-rich Libya, though hundreds of thousands already fled.

In Sunday’s fighting, rebels threatened to advance on the coastal road toward Qaddafi’s hometown of Sirte if tribal leaders (thủ lĩnh bộ lạc) there don’t agree to surrender.

Mohammed al-Rajali, a spokesman, said rebel forces captured Bin Jawwad, about 350 miles east of Tripoli, late Saturday and deployed forces in the city after days of fighting. He said Qaddafi’s forces fled westward, likely (có vẻ như) to join regime forces in Sirte, the headquarters of Qaddafi’s tribe and his last major bastion of support.

Sirte has been heavily targeted by NATO airsrikes.

On Sunday, an AP reporter found some 50 charred corpses in a makeshift lockup (nhà giam) near a military base that had been run by the Khamis Brigade, an elite unit commanded by Qaddafi’s son, Khamis.

Mabrouk Abdullah, who said he survived a massacre at the site by Qaddafi’s forces, told The Associated Press that on Tuesday guards opened fire at some 130 civilian detainees in the lockup, a hangar (nhà ống vòm chứa máy bay), and fired again when prisoners tried to flee.

Abdullah said he had been crouching (nép, khom mình) along a wall and was shot in his side, lifting his shirt to show his injury.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said Sunday it has gathered evidence (thu thập chứng cứ) indicating that Qaddafi loyalists killed at least 17 detainees and arbitrarily executed dozens of civilians as rebels moved into Tripoli.

AP reporters have also witnessed abuse of wounded Qaddafi fighters by rebels and their supporters. Earlier this week, eight injured men were abandoned in a bombed out fire house in the Abu Salim neighborhood, some pleading for (xin, đòi xin) water, but residents and rebels made no effort to help them.

However, in many other instances, Qaddafi fighters were treated side by side with rebels in rebel-controlled hospitals.

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likely: có vẻ như
unlikely: ko có vẻ gì, khó có chuyện, không có khả năng là, xác suất gần bằng  không
abuse: ngược đãi, hành hạ, nhục mạ

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