Gaddafi defiant despite Nato bombs

2011-04-26 12:39

Misrata - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi remained defiant on Tuesday after his compound was hit by Nato bombs and rebels in Misrata said they had pushed his troops out of the besieged city.

Russia, meanwhile, said it will not back a new UN Security Council resolution on Libya if it calls for further foreign intervention.

"The leader is working from Tripoli. The leader is well, is very healthy, is leading the battle for peace and democracy in Libya," regime spokesperson Mussa Ibrahim said outside the bombed building at Gaddafi’s  Bab al-Aziziya residence.

"The leader is in a safe place. He is leading a battle... he works every day. He led the battle to provide people with services, with food, medicine, fuel," Ibrahim told a news conference in the presence of several ambassadors.

A meeting room facing Gaddafi’s office was badly damaged in what Nato in Brussels said was "a precision strike" on a communications centre early on Monday.

Three people were killed and 45 wounded - 15 seriously - in the air strike, Ibrahim said.

At least five explosions rocked eastern Tripoli on Monday night, witnesses said, although they could not pinpoint the location.

"We heard three loud explosions and we saw flames and smoke billowing close to us," a resident of Ain Zara neighbourhood in eastern Tripoli told AFP.

Two other detonations shook the same neighbourhood a few minutes later, another witness said.

  • Michael - 2011-04-26 14:29

    Muammar Gaddafi: does the west not have a drone or a spy satelite to pinpoint where he and his inner circle are, so they can dish up the same for him, that he and his inner circle are doing to their own people, thus ending the war. Then the people of Libya can get on with their lives? Russia has so much to say about Nato, but look how they are treating the Croatian people, How do they say, Birds of a feather!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Matt - 2011-04-26 21:50

      sheeple! Do your homework on whats going on. Look at news on both sides of the fence.

      slg - 2011-04-27 04:59

      Matt, regrettably it's you who is delusional. Take five years and go and live in Russia, Zimbabwe, Syria, you name it, any of the despotic or near-despotic countries. Perhaps you'll wake up then. You and Mindlo Mindlo. Same category.

  • slg - 2011-04-26 15:05

    Does this guy Mussa Ibrahim not remember Tariq Azziz from Iraq?

  • mindlo mindlo - 2011-04-27 02:33

    Long live Russia-we expect Putin back soon to level this chaotic international system dominated by America and Nato. Let them try to take the resolution to the UN-sadly RSA is also not going to support!

      slg - 2011-04-27 04:57

      Sadly you've put yourself in the category of people who are a danger to humanity. Wake up!

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