Libya Fight Goes On, Qaddafi Son Says
August 31, 2011
Saif al-Islam, son of fallen Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, has said in an audiotape that he was still in Tripoli and the fight against rebels goes on.
He told the Damascus-based Al-Rai television station that "the resistance continues and victory is near."
He warned against a rebel attack on his father's hometown of Sirte, saying that "20,000 armed men are in the town and ready" to fight.
Meanwhile, thousands of Libyans gathered on Tripoli's Martyrs' Square on August 31 to mark Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, rejoicing over the collapse of Qaddafi's regime.
Libya rebels say they control most of the country and have given Qaddafi supporters in his hometown of Sirte and surrounding towns until September 3 to lay down their arms, or face attack.
Qaddafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim rejected the ultimatum.
Qaddafi's whereabouts remains unknown.
compiled from agency reports
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