"These gangs are cockroaches," he said. "They're nothing. They're not 1 percent of the Libyan people."
In a lengthy address on state TV, Gadhafi, who has ruled since 1969, stood in the ruins of a barracks in
The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting as
The Security Council met in closed-door session in
Condemnation poured in from around the world, including from many of
"We have never seen a government bomb its own people like this,"
A defiant Gadhafi also appeared briefly on state TV in the early morning hours to deny reports that he had fled the country. He did not refer to the protests.
"Don't believe the dogs in the media," the mercurial strongman said, holding a large umbrella and wearing a cap with furry ear flaps. "I'm still here."
Most communications were down, and reliable information was sketchy. But numerous reports suggested pro-regime militiamen and paid African mercenaries were firing indiscriminately into crowds, sealing off neighborhoods and shooting from rooftops.
In the Fashloum district, an impoverished area that is an anti-government stronghold, militiamen shot any "moving human being" with live ammunition and blocked ambulances so the wounded were left in the streets, an unnamed resident told the Associated Press.
Refugees poured out of the country through border crossings into
Aid convoys with doctors, medical workers and supplies waited in lines to cross into
Opposition forces consolidated control over eastern
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