Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has insisted he will fight to the ‘last drop of blood’ in a defiant speech that follows days of bloodshed on the streets of his country.
Celebratory Gunshots in celebration were heard after Gaddafi’s speech, aired on state TV and on a screen to several hundred supporters in Tripoli’s central Green Square.
It suggests more bloodshed lies ahead after pro-regime gunmen and mercenaries left bodies littering the streets of the capital, after they went on the rampage, shooting on sight anyone found in the streets and opening fire from speeding vehicles.
Residents fleeing the second city claimed 2,000 people had been killed there, and confirmed reports that fighter jets and heavy weapons had been used against protesters.
Oil and gas supplies from the country have also been cut off by two major oil companies, Italy’s ENI ENI.MI and Spain’s Repsol REP.MC.