Libya TV says masses gather at Kadhafi HQ

19th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Libyan state television said hundreds of Libyans gathered Saturday at Bab al-Aziziyah, the headquarters of leader Moamer Kadhafi, and the international airport, ahead of expected French air strikes.

And 50 foreign journalists were taken on a tour of Bab al-Aziziyah, an AFP correspondent said.

"Crowds are forming around the targets identified by France," state television said, showing pictures of flag-waving people gathering at Kadhafi's headquarters and the airport.

Earlier, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said French warplanes are overflying Benghazi, preventing Kadhafi's air strikes on the Libyan rebel bastion, and ready to attack his tanks.

He said the action came in line with a UN Security Council resolution adopted Thursday imposing a no-fly zone over Libya.

"In agreement with our partners, our air force will oppose any attack by Colonel Kadhafi's planes on the people of Benghazi. Our planes are already preventing air strikes on the city," Sarkozy said.

"Already other planes, French, are ready to intervene against tanks that might threaten unarmed civilians," he said after a summit in Paris to discuss what action to take on Libya.

"There's still time for Kadhafi to avoid the worst, by obeying without delay or reserve all the demands of the international community," Sarkozy said.

Before that, a French military source told AFP that several French Rafale fighter overflew "all Libyan territory" on reconnaissance missions.

© 2011 AFP

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