Revolutionary forces in Libya have given ruler Muammar Gaddafi 72 hours to quit and leave the country as he remains defiant and orders his forces to escalate their attacks on the civilians.
The Libyan National Council, recently established by opposition forces and headed by former Justice Minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, has delivered an ultimatum to Gaddafi and his associates to leave the North African country.
“If he leaves Libya immediately, during 72 hours and stops the bombardment, we as Libyans will step back from pursuing him for crimes,” Abdel Jalil said.
The ultimatum report comes as Libyan forces loyal to Gaddafi, using tanks, rockets and warplanes, are stepping up a campaign to root out revolutionaries while most of the eastern cities have fallen in control of oppositions.
Meanwhile, Beleaguered Gaddafi said on Wednesday that he will not quit, describing members of the opposition National Libyan Council as traitors.
He blamed the revolution against his rule on foreigners, saying foreign elements brainwashed Libyan youngsters to turn against their country.
The embattled ruler further pointed out that anti-regime protesters belong to al-Qaeda and have come from abroad.
“These elements are completely hopeless; there is no way with them. It’s a small group from Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Palestine who entered cities, they entered Zintan, Zawiyah and Benghazi,” he said.
Pro-Gaddafi forces escalated aerial attacks on Zawiyah, just 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Tuesday and tanks surrounding the city shelled homes from the outskirts, killing unarmed civilians.