the circumstances of the killing of Younis, amid speculation he may have been killed by gunmen on his own side
the death of rebel leader of Libya of Staff of the army, Abdel Fatah Younis has raised fears of a split within the opposition forces amid speculation that may have been killed by armed men in his own camp.
The President of the National Transitional Council (CNT), Mustafa Abdul Jalil, said Thursday night that Younis had been killed by agents of pro-Gaddafi. However, the lack of detail, and the fact that the same day Yunis was arrested by order of Jalil, have raised questions about the circumstances of his death.
Jalil said that the rebels had arrested the leader of the group after the attack, but the bodies of Younis, former interior minister, Muammar Gaddafi, and two colonels were killed in ambush assumptions that have not been found.
The rebels said earlier Thursday that Younis was arrested on suspicion that his family might still have links with the Gaddafi regime. Rumors rumors that he was involved in unauthorized contact with the administration spectacular or even abandoned in February helped provide the troops with weapons Gaddafi.
Before the announcement of his death, the armed men who declare their support for Younis appeared in the streets of Benghazi, saying he would use force to free him from the custody of the NTC.
Jalil few minutes after the statement in a press conference chaotic, late at night in a hotel in Benghazi, the fire broke out in the street. Younis tribe, the Obeidi, one of the east, shotguns and machine broken windows, forcing security guards and hotel guests duck for cover.
a tribal division within the opposition could be catastrophic and plays with Western fears of a civil war over the oil resources of Libya - a possibility raised by Gaddafi
Younis was not universal confidence in the ranks of the opposition. Many were suspicious of his past links with the Gaddafi regime and troops in the besieged city of Misrata have openly refused to accept orders from him, as to insist that its fighters are not part of the rebel army in Benghazi controlled by nationals.
During an interview in April Gaddafi's daughter, Aisha, suggested that Younis was always faithful to his father and refused to answer when asked if the interior minister was in contact with his family.
Younis reported almost reached the hands of his rival for the leadership of the army, Klalifa Hefter, at a meeting in late March. For many this month, the two men said they were in command of the motley rebel forces, and ran west to Tripoli to Benghazi to be reduced in the chaos and confusion.
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