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Gaddafi hiding in Azizyeh
Friday, Feb 25, 2011
Former justice minister says the libyan leader is nervous and will do anything to stay in power
Dubai Muammar Gaddafi is nervous and is entrenched in the Azizyeh Camp in Tripoli, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, former justice minister of Libya and head of the revolutionary council of Al Bayda in the east of the country told Gulf News,
He said Gaddafi’s sons Saif, Sa’edi and Khamis are stationed in three security centres in the east, west and south of Tripoli to secure the capital from the revolutionaries.
“Gaddafi who ruled the country for 42 years is finding it difficult to leave his crown. Unless he is forced to leave his position, Gaddafi will not leave the country even if he has to destroy and kill every Libyan,” he said.
Multi-national mercenaries, at the command of Khamis, have killed scores of people and injured hundreds more in Al Zawiyah.
“The battle of Al Zawiyah is a turning point in Libya’s revolution against Gaddafi. The 100,000-people city, which is known for its resilient struggle against colonial Italians in the past century, will take revenge against Gaddafi who has proved that he has no value for the lives of his own people,” Saleh Ahmad, a resident of the city told Gulf News.
Forces loyal to the Libyan leader yesterday attacked anti-government militias controlling Misrata, Libya’s third-biggest city.
Lawyers and judges said they had Misrata in their grip, according to an internet statement, several people were killed in the fighting near the city’s airport.
Soldiers were seen around along the roads approaching Tripoli, according to some reports.
In Zawiyah, witnesses said people in civilian clothes were firing at each other in the streets.
“It is chaotic there. There are people with guns and swords,” said Mohammad Jaber, who passed through Zawiyah on his way to Tunisia yesterday. In his second public address since the revolution started on February 17, Gaddafi spoke live on Al Jamahiryah TV station, but by phone not video. He repeated his claims that the young men and women who took over Al Zawiyah are under-aged boys and girls who are under the influence of drugs.
He urged mothers and sisters of those boys to keep them at their homes and control their drug intake or hand them over to the police to be rehabilitated before handed over to their families.
“He is a shameless man because he is damaging the reputation of the people just to stay for an extra day,” Saleh said.
Calling for calm, Gaddafi accused Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden of orchestrating the uprising against him.
“Bin Laden ... this is the enemy who is manipulating people,” Gaddafi said. “Do not be swayed by Bin Laden.”
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By Duraid Al Baik?Associate Editor
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