Tripoli, March 4 (IANS) Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has denied reports of air strikes in the capital city of Tripoli, saying “show me a single attack, one drop, one attack….”
Saif told Sky News there has been no air strike in Tripoli to intimidate anti-government protesters, and prevent them from launching an uprising.
Reacting to allegations that government forces have been going into the capital’s suburbs and picking up potential leaders who might be heading anti-Gaddafi protests, Saif said: “First of all, we have a lot of guns everywhere. This is a well-known fact. We have guns everywhere because they stole a lot of guns from the army, from the ammunition depots.”
“So now it’s a very critical time. Everybody should be very, very careful. There is no time to risk the country or to tolerate people who want to have social unrest,” he said.
“Everything is legitimate and allowed if it is for the people and the peace and security of the country,” Saif added.
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has said that at least 3,000 people have been killed in Libya since protests broke out Feb 14.
The Libyan Human Rights League gave a much higher toll estimate, saying the figure could be as high as 6,000. This included around 3,000 dead in Tripoli, 2,000 dead in Benghazi and another 1,000 countrywide.