20 Apr '11, 3am

Libya rebels plead for help; Gaddafi son defiant - Channel NewsAsia #Libya #Zawiya

Libya rebels plead for help; Gaddafi son defiant - Channel NewsAsia #Libya #Zawiya

MISRATA, Libya: A rebel official in Libya's besieged city of Misrata pleaded for Britain and France to send troops to help fight Muammar al- Gaddafi's forces, while a son of the strongman said he was "very optimistic" his father's regime will prevail. A senior member of Misrata's governing council, Nuri Abdullah Abdullati, said they were asking for the troops on the basis of "humanitarian" principles, in the first request by insurgents for boots on the ground. Previously, he told reporters, "we did not accept any foreign soldiers in our country, but now, as we face these crimes of Gaddafi, we are asking on the basis of humanitarian and Islamic principles for someone to come and stop the killing." "Before we were asking for no foreign interference, but that was before Gaddafi used Grad rockets and planes. Now it's a life or death situation." His plea came as Gaddafi and reb...

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