03 Mar '11, 4am

Libya's Gaddafi warns of bloodbath

Libya's Gaddafi warns of bloodbath

TRIPOLI: Libya's Muammar al-Gaddafi warned "thousands" would die if the West launched a military intervention in Libya as rebels repulsed a fierce onslaught by his forces around a key eastern oil town. As the world clamoured for action to stop Gaddafi using warplanes against his own people and to protect refugees scrambling to escape, the United States and its allies cooled talk of imposing a no-fly zone over his country. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said any such decision was a "long way" off, and NATO officials remained divided. Clinton also warned that any intervention would be "controversial" in the Arab world and that the Libyan opposition wanted to be seen to be dislodging Gaddafi's forces on their own. The patchwork Libyan opposition controls swathes of eastern and western Libya including the key eastern city of Benghazi and some oil installations. Gaddafi ...

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