‘Gaddafi will use leftover chemical weapons to defeat rebels’

April 29th, 2011 - 2:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Tripoli, Apr 29 (ANI): A senior Libyan rebel military commander has warned that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi still possesses a quarter of chemical weapons, which he intends to use to ‘the final drop of his blood.’

General Abdul Fatah Younis, who was Gaddafi’s interior minister before defecting to the opposition and is now the rebel army’s chief of staff, urged NATO allies to provide the rebels with heavy weapons, including helicopters and anti-tank missiles, to help safeguard the besieged city of Misurata.

He stressed that Gaddafi Libyan dictator would “never accept retreat,” and would not hesitate to use chemical weapons in his final attempt to retain in power.

“He will fight up to the final drop of his blood,” he said. “He has been offered chances to leave and he refused them all the chances. Most probably he will be killed or commit suicide. Gaddafi is desperate now. Unfortunately he still has about 25 percent of his chemical weapons, which he might use as he’s in a desperate situation. He always says: ‘You will love me or I will kill you’,” The Telegraph quoted General Younis, as saying.

It is believed that Gaddafi has around ten tons of mustard gas remaining from stocks that he had been destroying under the supervision of a United Nations body, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

American intelligence sources had reported last month that Gaddafi’s forces had stepped up security around Libya’s principal remaining stockpile of agents used in chemical weapons.

The international community, including the alliance of countries carrying out aerial strikes against Gaddafi’s forces are divided over the issue of arming the rebels. While Britain supports the idea, the United States and many other countries are not keen about it.

“We are not talking about light or small weapons. We’re talking about more advanced weapons like Apache helicopters, anti-tank missiles as well as fast boats equipped with torpedoes. We are still waiting. Unfortunately the arms are delayed up to now,” General Younis added. (ANI)

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