(CNSNews.com) – At least three Libyan ambassadors reportedly have resigned to protest the deadliest crackdown of Muammar Gaddafi’s 41-year rule, and one of them called on the rest of the country’s diplomats to follow suit.
Gaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, went on national television early Monday, warning of the danger of civil war and declaring that
“We will fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet,” said the younger Gaddafi, who has been
Seif al-Islam also told Libyans – and the world – that
Several days of violent clashes in
There were also reports – again unconfirmed – that a senior military officer and troops under his command had joined the protestors in
In concrete signs of eroding support for the regime,
“I have submitted my resignation in protest against the acts of repression and violence against demonstrators and I am joining the ranks of the revolution,” Honi said in
Shortly after midnight Libyan time, al-Jazeera reported that
In a rambling televised address Seif al-Islam accused Libyans living abroad of encouraging those in the country to revolt.
“The Libyans who live in Europe and
Seif al-Islam also accused non-Libyan Arabs of fomenting unrest, saying that “Tunisians and Egyptians … want to divide
(On Saturday the official JANA news agency quoted “sources” as saying dozens of foreigners had been arrested trying to “stir up chaos,” saying they included Tunisians, Egyptians, Sudanese, Turks, Palestinians and Syrians. The sources also claimed there were links with Israeli spy cells.)
Rumors circulated on Internet sites that Muammar Gaddafi had fled to
The Obama administration said Saturday it was “gravely concerned with disturbing reports and images coming out of
“We are working to ascertain the facts, but we have received multiple credible reports that hundreds of people have been killed and injured in several days of unrest – and the full extent of the death toll is unknown due to the lack of access of international media and human rights organizations,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement.
He said the administration had raised with Libyan officials including Foreign Minister Musa Kusa strong objections to the use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators.
Appeal for ‘explicit warning’
Before the protests began last week the American Libyan Freedom Alliance in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday warned that violence was looming.
“Given Gaddafi’s appetite for violence and bloodshed, I am contacting you to give you an advance notice of the planned protest and potential for bloodshed by the Libyan regime,” wrote the alliance’s chairman, Mohamed Bugaighis.
“I ask you to issue an immediate, explicit warning to Gaddafi to refrain of committing any acts of violence against peaceful demonstrations,” he said.
Founded in 2003, the U.S.-based alliance says its objective is to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law in
Human Rights Watch called on governments with ties to
They should also impose an embargo on all exports of arms and security equipment to
A coalition of 24 human rights groups from around the world urged the United Nations to call an emergency session of its Human Rights Council, and to suspend