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Gadhafi's Son: ‘Nobody Is Leaving This Country'

Sunday, 27 Feb 2011 10:35 AM


Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi’s son Saif said “nobody is leaving this country” on ABC’s “This Week” program. “We live here. We die here.”

Saif Gadhafi said the regime’s military hasn’t attacked civilians and that most of Libya is calm. There is “a big gap between reality and the media reports,” he said on ABC.

“Show me a single attack, show me a single bomb,” he said. “The Libyan air force destroyed just the ammunition sites,” Saif Gadhafi said.

Protests urging the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi have been met with a crackdown. Gadhafi has bolstered defenses in the capital, Tripoli, and launched counter-strikes against opponents. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said more than 1,000 people have died in the unrest, which has left protesters in control of much of the east of the country.

“The whole south is calm,” Saif Gadhafi said. “The west is calm. The middle is calm. Even part of the east.”

In response to a question from ABC about U.S. President Barack Obama’s call for his father to step down, Saif Gadhafi said “It’s not an American business.”

The UN Security Council late yesterday voted unanimously to freeze Gadhafi’s assets and protesters in the east of the country said they were naming a provisional government.

“We don’t have money outside,” Saif Gaddafi told ABC. “We are a very modest family and everybody knows that. And we are laughing when they say you have money in Europe or Switzerland or something. C’mon, it’s a joke.”

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