Tripoli: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
called in an audio message on Thursday for an armed struggle to
defeat the "enemies" and to "liberate Tripoli."
In the message, broadcast on Syria-based Arrai Oruba
television, he said, "We must resist these enemy rats, who
will be defeated thanks to the armed struggle."
"Leave your homes and liberate Tripoli," he added.
This is the third message that Gaddafi, whose whereabouts
are unknown, has delivered since rebels captured his
headquarters in Tripoli on Tuesday and failed to find him.
In one speech, carried by the website of a television
station headed by his son Seif al-Islam, he said he had
abandoned his compound in a "tactical withdrawal" after it had
been wrecked by NATO warplanes.
"Bab al-Aziziya was nothing but a heap of rubble after it
was the target of 64 NATO missiles and we withdrew from it for
tactical reasons," he said early yesterday.
In a later audio message on Arrai Oruba, Gaddafi urged
residents to "cleanse Tripoli of rats."
He also said he had taken to the streets of Tripoli
without being recognised.
Gaddafi has not been seen in public for weeks and his
whereabouts are unknown.