Defiant Gaddafi vows to 'fight on'

Libyan leader calls on supporters to 'cleanse' country of protesters, as he loses control over territories in east.

    Libya witnessed another day of chaos on Wednesday, as a defiant Muammar Gaddafi refused to step down in the face of widespread protests, calling instead for his supporters to "cleanse" the country "house by house".

    Calling those who stand against him "rats" and "mercenaries", he said during a televised address on Tuesday that he would fight to the last drop of blood, and that he would rather die "a martyr" than quit office.

    On Wednesday, Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign minister, said that reports of 1,000 people being killed in a violent anti-government crackdown on protests that has raged since February 17th were "credible".

    Al Jazeera's Lawrence Lee reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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