Gadhafi Calls for Help After Rebel Victories

Gov't denies reports rebels are winning key cities around Tripoli
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2011 4:08 AM CDT
Gadhafi Calls for Help After Rebel Victories
Rebels prepare before attacking Gadhafi troops. As rebels close in on Tripoli, Moammar Gadhafi took to the radio and TV to call for his supporters to fight.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

With Libyan rebels closing in on Tripoli, Moammar Gadhafi called on his supporters to fight opposition forces, reports CNN. "You are hearing from me even under shelling," he was heard saying on national radio and TV over a poor quality telephone line. Go "to the front always, to the fights, to the weapons, to the battles to liberate Libya inch by inch from the traitors and NATO. Be ready to fight to liberate our pure and good land."

There will be an "end to the shelling, end to the (opposition), end to a defeated NATO, end to the donkeys in the Gulf and the Libyan people will remain," he added. Other government officials denied claims that the rebels had taken Zawiya, calling any fighting "minor clashes" by "small groups of armed gangs." Rebels also advanced on Brega, Gharyan, and Surman yesterday, although details of the clashes could not be confirmed. (Read more Libya stories.)

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