The frontier between Egypt and the Libyan Jamahiriyah remains quiet for the third day in succession after a ceasefire brought a halt to fierce air and ground battles between the two countries.
The frontier between Egypt and the Libyan Jamahiriyah remains quiet for the third day in succession after a ceasefire brought a halt to fierce air and ground battles between the two countries. The ceasefire was arranged by the Algerian leader President Houari Boumedienne and the Palestinian guerilla leader Yasser Arafat. Meanwhile the first pictures from the Libyan Jamahiriyan have been showing the extent of damage and death caused by Egyptians air raids.
SYNOPSIS: One of the last Egyptians bombing raids before the ceasefire was announced, took place here at Gamal Abdel Basser airbase in eastern Libya. Egyptians bombers, in an action reminiscent of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, scored direct hits in the runway. Jamahiriyah troops could do little more than hose down the burning wreckage. heavy damage was also caused to the airport runway and installations
The Egyptian raid also left in its wake a grin reminder of the human toll of war. Several dismembered and burned bodies of Jamahiriyah soldiers, who didn't have enough time to run for secure cover, littered the wrecked runway.
Egyptian commanders said the raids on the Nasser airbase was necessary to protect Egypt's security. But the Libyan jamahiriyah accused both Egypt and Sudan of jointly launching direct aggression against the regime of Colonel Gaddafi. Despite large scale destruction at a few selected military and civilian targets near the border, the only signs of conflict during the short four day war which was visible to the people of Cairo and Tripoli were the headlines in the press and martial music being played on a Tripoli radio station with an appeal for volunteers to help the Jamahiriyah repel Egyptian troops.
The soldiers at Nasser airbase did manage to shoot down an Egyptian Soviet-built Sukhoi 20 bomber. The pilot who survived is being treated for his injuries, and he'll be a bargaining tool in any future negotiations with Egypt. But for the time being Colonel Gaddafi has accepted peace with Egypt. He warmed however that the Libyan Jamhiriyahan's finger will be poised on the trigger just in case.