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Several mine-laying boats caught red-handed in Misrata Bay

One of the mines discovered by the French navy in the bay of Misrata (Credit: DICOD/ French Ministry of Defence)

(BRUSSELS2) The French frigate Courbet – which joined the NATO maritime operation deployed off the coast of Libya (Unified Protector) – arrested boats in flagrante delicto mining the port of Misrata, announces the French defense . “ On the night of April 28 to 29, an Atlantique 2 from the French Navy detected several boats traveling at high speed towards the port of Misrata “Said the French defense on its site. Le Courbet then intervenes and gives the order to the stars to stop. These continue. Warning shots. " Several boats then turn around, abandoning one of them which sinks. » Approaching the area, the French soldiers first discovered a floating mine then two other mines. We do not know the fate of the “sailors” on board the sunken boat.

Gaddafi's objective: close the port, complete the siege

Gaddafi's forces have aimed, since the start of the conflict, to cut off the port of Misrata, which constitutes the only supply route for the opposition which holds this major city (the third largest in the country after Tripoli and Benghazi). They have tried the land route, bombing and now the sea route. Clearly the objective is to close the trap, lock up Misrata and prevent the delivery of humanitarian cargo for the benefit of the civilian population. We are thus in complete violation of UN resolution 1970 (then 1973).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).