Gaddafi: detention Dutch soldiers normal

6th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi says the detention of three Dutch soldiers is normal since they entered the country without permission. The three were captured a week ago while trying to evacuate two people from the town of Sirte.

Colonel Gaddafi made the statement in an interview with French weekly Journal du Dimanche. In it, he continued to deny that a revolt is sweeping through the country. He again blamed the unrest on al-Qaeda, saying he did not understand why the West refuses to help him.

Dressed in a warm coat and wearing a fur cap, Mr Gaddafi warned the French journalists that "an Islamist jihad is taking place in the Mediterranean right under their nose". He fears the region will revert to North Africa's dark piracy age, which he says would trigger a world crisis and spell disaster for Europe.

Meanwhile, troops loyal to Mr Gaddafi are trying to recapture rebel towns, causing massive casualties among civilians, several sources report.

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