Kadhafi eyes 'decisive battle', UN debates no-fly zone
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi predicted his forces would fight a “decisive battle” on Thursday, while France, Britain and the United States called on the UN Security Council to vote on a no-fly zone.
Kadhafi's comments, supposedly made in Misrata and quoted on state television, came after his forces pressed rebels in the west and threatened their eastern stronghold of Benghazi.
On Tuesday, state television said the army would soon move against Benghazi, and on Wednesday, Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam claimed that everything would be over in 48 hours.
In an interview with Russia Today television broadcast late on Wednesday, Kadhafi said Benghazi will fall to the Tripoli government "without our use of military force". He said local residents would chase out the "bandits."
As talks resumed in the UN Security Council, a spokesperson for Ban Ki-moon said the UN secretary general was "gravely concerned" about signs that Kadhafi was preparing to attack Benghazi.
"A campaign to bombard such an urban centre would massively place civilian
lives at risk," he said. "The secretary general is urging all parties in this conflict to accept an immediate ceasefire.”
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