Defiant Gaddafi appears on Libyan TV

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Defiant Gaddafi appears on Libyan TV

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After successive nights of bombardments by allied forces, Libyan state run TV has broadcast a defiant speech by the Libyan leader.

“We will not surrender,” said Muammar Gaddafi. “We will defeat them by any means. All armies of the Muslim world must take part in this fight. There are demonstrations everywhere, in Europe, Asia and America, against this unjustified assault. It breaches the United Nations’ charter. This assault … is by a bunch of fascists who will end up in the dustbin of history.”

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Earlier, foreign journalists were taken to the site where Western missiles had hit a Libyan navy facility near Tripoli. The charred hulks of at least four missile trucks were visible among the rubble.

No one was hurt in the attack as the base had been evacuated beforehand.

A worker at the site, Ahmed Mustapha, said:

“They are saying they are protecting civilians, but there are no civilians to be protected here and there are no rockets to be attacked.”

As a result of the allied attacks, most of the shops and offices in the capital appeared closed. So far correspondents covering the campaign in Tripoli have only been able to interview Gaddafi supporters.