Strong explosions rock Libyan capital (2)

08:33, June 09, 2011      

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Gaddafi has vowed to fight to the end in a speech broadcast live on state TV, amid one of the fiercest NATO airstrikes on Tripoli Tuesday.

"We only have one choice: we will stay in our land dead or alive," he said in the audio address on Tuesday, calling on his supporters to flock to his Bab al-Aziziya residential compound.

"We will not kneel! We will not surrender," Gaddafi said.

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 United States 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 United States on March 31.
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Source: Xinhua
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