TRIPOLI – Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has again vowed never to leave Libya, the “land of his ancestors”, the BBC informs. His speech was broadcast to supporters in the city of Zawiya, which was taken back from rebels after fierce fighting in the early stages of the revolt.
It was the third address by Col Gaddafi in recent days apparently aimed at showing the support he enjoys in towns where his forces are in control. On Friday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the US no longer regarded him as the legitimate authority, and would recognise the Transnational Council (TNC), joining some 30 countries to do so.
The move means billions of dollars of Libyan assets frozen in US banks could be released to the rebels. Early on Sunday, more than a dozen explosions were heard in Tripoli, accompanied by the sound of fighter aircraft. Plumes of smoke were seen and rumbling blasts were reported to have continued for at least an hour. Libyan television said civilian and military targets had been hit in the eastern suburb of Tajoura; it said there were casualties, but gave no details.
More than 10 rebels were reported to have been killed as they tried to advance on the key.