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Libyan gov't spokesman gives defiant speech as Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam captured

08-22-2011 08:37 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The spokesman for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's government Moussa Ibrahim said on Sunday that 1,300 people had been killed in the fighting in Tripoli since noon Sunday.

He said at a press conference in Tripoli that 5,000 people were wounded in the battle and the NATO should be held responsible for the bloodshed.

He said that the country needs Gaddafi and people should be encouraged to fight for him.

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), said in an TV interview earlier Sunday night that Saif al-Islam, Gaddafi's second son, had been captured and was under custody in a safe place.

Jalil said that Gaddafi's guards in Tripoli had surrendered to the opposition troops.

Opposition convoy entered the western district of Tripoli on Sunday with almost no sign of resistance, Al-Jazeera TV channel reported.

Residents of the city began to stream into streets to welcome the opposition troops, despite Gaddafi's call to urge people to take up arms to guard his rule.

The opposition troops were only about 8 km west to the city center, Al-Jazeera reported.

People in Benghazi, the rebels' stronghold, celebrated when they heard the news of Saif's capture, by shooting gunfire into the sky. The cars on the street were horning along the gunfire.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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