Libyan Human Rights League: 6.000 dead in gov't crackdown

March 2, 2011 17:59


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An estimated 6,000 people have died in Libya as a result of the violent crackdown by the Muammar Gaddafi regime in response to opposition protests which sparked almost two weeks ago, the Libyan Human Rights league said on Wednesday.

Gaddafi, orchestrating a populist response to rebels threatening his rule, blamed al Qaida on Wednesday for creating turmoil and told applauding supporters there was a conspiracy to control Libya and its oil.

Gaddafi, who said no more than 150 people were killed in the unrest caused by "terrorists", told an audience of loyalists in a speech shown live on state television that if Washington or other foreign powers entered Libya they would face a bloody war.

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