Libya TV airs audio message from Gaddafi

08:46, June 08, 2011      

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Smoke is seen after a strong explosion in Libya's capital Tripoli as NATO airstrikes hit the area on June 7, 2011. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

Libya state TV aired an audio message Tuesday from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, barely after an hour of a huge fire that erupted in Gaddafi's vast Bab al- Aziziya residential compound in the capital Tripoli.

Gaddafi, in the audio message, has vowed to fight to the death, calling on his supporters to flock to his Bab al-Aziziya compound, which was targeted several times by NATO airstrikes on Tuesday.

At least 15 loud explosions rocked Tripoli midday Tuesday as NATO airstrikes hit a military base and Gaddafi's compound.

Gaddafi's compound was under "intensive continuous bombardment, " according to Libya's state TV, which reported buildings and infrastructure in the area of Gaddafi's compound were destroyed in the strikes.

Libyan officials have continually charged that NATO airstrikes have damaged civilian facilities and killed hundreds of civilians.

The world's major powers, the UK, the U.S. and France, started on March 19 to launch strikes from the air and sea against Gaddafi 's forces after the UN Security Council passed a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and authorize "all necessary measures" to protect civilians in Libya.

NATO formally taken over full command and control of military operations against Libya from the U.S. on March 31.

Source: Xinhua
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