Arab diplomats said the Gadhafi regime has urged its allies for
military supplies to maintain the offensive over the rebels. They said
Tripoli has contacted several allies, including Belarus, Egypt and Ukraine
for weapons, spare parts and other supplies.
"The [Libyan] military was never prepared for a long period of fighting
and they are beginning to run low of supplies," a diplomat said.
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The diplomats said Gadhafi has failed to acquire the massive supplies
required, Middle East Newsline reported. They said NATO operations have blocked shipments from suppliers in
the former Soviet Union and neighboring Egypt.
Earlier this month, a Gadhafi envoy, identified as Maj. Gen. Abdul Raham Al
Sid, arrived in Cairo for meetings with Egypt's new military regime. The
diplomats said Al Sid left Cairo on March 10 after failing to win agreement
for an immediate Egyptian re-supply of the Libyan military.
"He came back empty-handed," the diplomat said.
The diplomats said Gadhafi was believed to need an immediate supply of
weapons and munitions to sustain the military's drive in rebel-held areas of
Libya. They said the equipment would be crucial in stopping rebel
counterattacks against cities already captured by the regime.
Gadhafi's son, Seif Al Islam, has already criticized Egypt for its
refusal to help the regime. Seif said Egypt has joined Libya's enemies in
trying to overthrow his father.