Gaddafi says West after oil
MUAMMAR Gaddafi accused the West of wanting to seize Libya’s oil and warned that a no-fly zone would backfire a s his forces pounded rebel lines, setting a string of oil facilities ablaze. The boss of Libya’s state oil firm said the damage to infrastructure was minor but acknowledged that oil output was down more than two-thirds, as the price for London’s main contract jumped to $ US116.50 per barrel. ‘‘The colonialist countries are hatching a plot to humiliate the Libyan people, reduce them to slavery and control the oil,’’ Gaddafi said on state television on Wednesday. He again accused al-Qaeda of being behind the insurrection that began on February 15 and called on i nhabitants of Benghazi, the rebels’ main base, to ‘‘ liberate’’ Libya’s second city. His government offered a $ US410,000 bounty for the capture of Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the rebel national council that de-clared itself the North African country’s sole representative in Benghazi.