'We will not surrender, we will not give up'

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Still image taken from footage broadcasted by Libyan state TV shows Muammar Gaddafi greeting a tribal leader in an unknown location June 7, 2011. The Libyan leader, wearing dark glasses and traditional robes, was greeting the leaders in a small room without windows. The news anchor said the meeting had taken place on Tuesday. REUTERS

'We will not surrender, we will not give up' :Gadhafi

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vowed Tuesday that "we will not surrender," even as NATO airstrikes bombarded his compound in Tripoli.

"I am now speaking as planes and bombs fall around me," Gadhafi said in a live audio broadcast on state television. "But my soul is in God's hand. We will not think about death or life. We will think about the call of duty."

At least three explosions rocked Tripoli late Tuesday night; it was not immediately clear what they hit.

Earlier in the day, NATO targeted a military base and Gadhafi's compound, state television reported. A spokesman for the Libyan government said that at least 31 people were killed, including a number of civilians, and dozens more were wounded after 60 missiles struck the capital city.

The compound was under "intensive continuous bombardment," according to state TV, which reported buildings and infrastructure were destroyed.

"We will not surrender, we will not give up," Gadhafi said. "We have one option -- our country. We will remain in it 'til the end. Dead, alive, victorious, it doesn't matter."

The blasts Tuesday, and others Monday that Libyan officials said hit state television buildings, elicited heated responses from the government spokesman.

"We believe NATO understands that its military campaign is failing miserably," said spokesman Musa Ibrahim. "No one has the right to shape Libya's future except for Libyans."

Ibrahim said Tuesday's morning blasts hit the popular guard compound and revolution compound, which are military barracks near Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound.

The spokesman said the attack on the television network killed two people and wounded 16.

NATO disputed the account.

"We did not target or hit the Libyan broadcast facilities. What we did target was the military intelligence headquarters in downtown Tripoli," the alliance said. "The story coming from Libyan officials that we targeted and hit the state broadcaster's building is bogus."

The back and forth between Libyan officials and NATO continues a public relations war between the two sides.

Libyan officials have continually charged that NATO airstrikes have damaged civilian facilities and killed hundreds of civilians.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said recently that his forces have made "significant progress" in its U.N. Security Council mandate to protect Libyan civilians.

This week, the Libyan government said it had evidence that alliance airstrikes were harming civilians.

Officials took journalists to Tajura, a city east of Tripoli, to show them a small crater that held what appeared to be the remains of a rocket.

The reporters were also taken to nearby homes that the government said had been damaged by airstrikes.

NATO said it had been active in the area hitting military sites but could not say whether the attacks had caused the damage in the residential area.

Reporters were also taken to a nearby hospital to see Nasib, a comatose baby who was a victim of the airstrikes, the government said.

A woman, who the government said was Nasib's mother, cried over the child's listless body.

Journalists were not allowed to talk to the woman or to the doctors. But one doctor quietly slipped a note to one of the journalists that said the girl was injured in a car accident, not a bomb attack.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, speaking Tuesday to British lawmakers, said the European Union has added six additional ports controlled by pro-Gadhafi forces to its sanctions list in an effort to starve Gadhafi's troops of military supplies.

He said the United Kingdom intends to push for additional sanctions against Gadhafi's regime.

"Any political settlement in Libya requires an end to violence and Gadhafi's departure," Hague said.  (CNN)

  Comments - 11

  • MagodisThuma Wednesday, 08 June 2011 08:19 AM

    Not everywhere !

    Rosh Wednesday, 08 June 2011 05:19 AM

    Any President should have a Maximum term of 10 years. Then these problems will not arise.

    PADMA Wednesday, 08 June 2011 05:29 AM

    We know you will not surrender or given up but defiantly will be killed

    malkanthi Wednesday, 08 June 2011 05:56 AM

    Too much of arrogance is the root cause for downfall.

    Bumba Wednesday, 08 June 2011 05:59 AM

    Your days are numbered and you are living in borrowed time.

    local boy Wednesday, 08 June 2011 06:09 AM

    He was a former human rights commissioner to UNHCR . unfortunately he plan to sell OIL without using dollars. same reason why US killed Saddam Hussein

    Nilli Wednesday, 08 June 2011 07:00 AM

    Dictators are short lived.

    Ariyapala Wednesday, 08 June 2011 07:12 AM

    Keep holding out, your friends will come to your rescue

    Mifaz Wednesday, 08 June 2011 07:46 AM

    Who? MR and the team??

    faqi Wednesday, 08 June 2011 07:54 AM

    local boy - From where did you come up with this information? The US hardly buys any crude from Libya. Most of Libya's crude is exported to Europe. Get the facts before you write nonsense.

    Selladurai Wednesday, 08 June 2011 07:57 AM

    I believe Col. Gadhafi's daughter has charged NATO with War Crimes. I wish her luck but the cards are stacked against her. One of the fundamental tenets of the lUN Charter is that no country goes to war against another unless in defence. Here, in Libya, no NATO country was in danger yet the UN Security Council passed a resolution letting them bomb Libya to safeguard its citizens but NATO has interpreted that as allowing them to go in for regime change which is totally illegal. Astonishingly, it is this same UN that is harassing Sri Lanka on War Crimes without any tangible evidence.

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