Friday 24 March 2017

Gaddafi's son defiantly predicts NATO's defeat

Damien McElroy in Tripoli

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son issued the boldest threat of defiance against NATO yesterday on state television.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the dictator's heir apparent, used a meeting with Libyans displaced by fighting to declare that the regime had blunted the five-month bombing campaign.

"No one should think that after all the sacrifices we have made, and the martyrdom of our sons, brothers and friends, we will stop fighting. Forget it," the son declared.

"Regardless of whether NATO leaves or not, the fighting will continue until all of Libya is liberated."

The broadcast was one of a series of signals from the Gaddafi family's inner circle exhibiting its confidence.

Major General Abubaker Yunus, the defence minister, also appeared on television to appeal to defecting officers to rejoin the army to "liberate" Benghazi.

He spoke after divisions emerged in the rebel movement following the murder of General Abdel-Fattah Younes, the opposition military chief.

But western officials insist that the regime cannot sustain its grip under the pressure of the bombing campaign. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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