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.

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