Gaddafi calls on supporters to continue fight for Libya

Arabic news channels quote Libyan leader as saying, "Let there be a long fight and let Libya be engulfed in flames"; whereabouts remain unknown.

By REUTERS
September 1, 2011 18:41
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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's location unknown

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi 311. (photo credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi/Files)

 
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CAIRO - Libya's Muammar Gaddafi called on his supporters to set Libya alight, vowed that his backers would not give up and said those against him were divided, Arabic news channels reported on Thursday.

"Let there be a long fight and let Libya be engulfed in flames," Gaddafi was quoted as saying.

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A Libyan military chief said Gaddafi was believed to be in Bani Walid outside Tripoli planning a fight-back. The ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), which ousted him, is also seeking the surrender of Gaddafi's home town of Sirte.

Gaddafi said tribes in Bani Walid and Sirte were armed and could not be subdued. "We will fight from valley to valley, from mountain to mountain."

Brief headlines outlining Gaddafi's message were first carried by Al Arabiya television. The Syrian-owned channel Arrai later broadcast a voice message.

"Even if you don't hear my voice, continue resistance," Gaddafi was quoted as saying in a headline carried by Arrai. "We will not give up. We are not women. We will continue fighting," he was quoted as saying.

Gaddafi said those fighting against him were divided and called on tribes in Tripoli to ambush those against him.

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Mystery still surrounds Gaddafi's whereabouts. Although an NTC commander has said he is in Bani Walid, an Algerian newspaper has reported him to be in the border town of Ghadamis.

"There are those who are afraid that my voice will reach Libyans and are working to disrupt transmissions," Gaddafi was quoted as saying.

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