Libyan leader, Muammar Qaddafi on Tuesday made repeated pleas to the residents of the capital, Tripoli, to fight the rebels, who managed to take over the Bab Al Aziziya compound and rid it of Qaddafi forces.
Qaddafi’s whereabouts are still unknown but he spoke on Syrian based TV channel, Al Rai, and at one point, the sound of chickens could be heard in the background.
"All the tribes in Tripoli, out of Tripoli, the young, the old, women, men and armed committees must attack Tripoli and comb the areas and eradicate the traitors and rats. They (rebels) will slaughter you and desecrate your bodies," he said.
Meanwhile, government spokesperson Moussa Ibrahim, in telephone interview on a pro-Qaddafi channel, insisted that the majority of the capital remained under government control and that Qaddafi loyalists had pushed rebels out over the last 24 hours.
"Tripoli at this moment is in a much better state than yesterday. Yesterday the attack was vicious, and the bombing vicious but today we were able to repel a number of attacks in the day. I say to you in detail and transparency, around 80 percent of Tripoli is under our full control, if I am wrong then maybe 75 percent, the people of Tripoli have noticed in the past few hours that the fighting has subsided," Ibrahim said.
Qaddafi’s eldest son, Mohammed, managed to escape from Sunday’s house arrest while his other son, Seif Al Islam appeared in public amongst supporters, refuting earlier news of his capture by rebel forces.
Meanwhile, The National Transitional Council plans to move their Benghazi headquarters to Tripoli soon in order to plan a new democratic government after 42 years of Qaddafi’s rule.
Muammar Qaddafi – Libyan leader
Moussa Ibrahim – government spokesperson
Kifah El Zein