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Libyan rebels warn of a 'fight till death' with Gaddafi's loyalists

March 14, 2011 - Tripoli

As the forces of Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi advanced towards Ajdabiya town, rebels vowed to 'fight till death' if a no-fly zone was imposed by the West to stop troops loyal to the former.

"Our retreat is a tactic. We can wait until they impose a no-flight zone. If they don't, what can we do, my friend? We fight and die. God is with us, God willing," The New York Times quoted 29-year-old Said Zway, a civil-engineer-turned-fighter, at Ajdabiya's entrance, as saying.

The rebels are not only demanding a no-fly zone, but are also urging the West to bomb Libyan ships at sea, military bases and Bab al-Aziziya, the compound in Tripoli that serves as Gaddafi's headquarters.

"We demand intervention from America, from Britain, from France! I personally want them to send troops from abroad to stop this dictator," Wanis Kayhani, a fighter, shouted.

As of now, Gaddafi's forces have recaptured Zawiyah, near Tripoli, and are now besieging Misurata, the country's commercial capital, which serves as an oasis of rebel control in the west.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to address an Arab League call for imposing a no-flight zone over Libya this week.

Russia and China are opposed to the move, while the United States and Europe are also reluctant to give clear support.

Te Arab League has urged the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone on Libya, increasing pressure on Europe and the US to take firm action against the Gaddafi regime.


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