Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I am Still in Tripoli- Muammar Gaddafi

Muammar Gaddafi speaks on TV
Muamar Kadhafi made a brief appearance on state television early on Tuesday to deny rumours that he had fled to Venezuela.

It's the first time Kadhafi has spoken publically since protests began a week ago.

"I want to clarify for them that I am in Tripoli not in Venezuela. Do not believe these channels - they are dogs”-Muammar Gaddafi

Human rights groups say the death toll from the violence is between 200 and 400.

Eastern cities including Al-Bayda and Benghazi are now reportedly under the control of anti-Kadhafi demonstrators.

The UN Security Council is meeting today to discuss the unrest in Libya, as will the Arab League.

Meanwhile diplomatic staff around the world continue to call for Kadhafi to leave power.

After Libya's representatives to the United Nations on Monday called for him to stand down, the country's embassy in Australia , India and Malaysia condemned what they called the "massacre" of anti-government protesters. They said they were no longer loyal to Kadhafi.

A well-respected Muslim cleric, Yusuf al-Karadawi, has issued a fatwa saying that any Libyan soldier can shoot Kadhafi dead.

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