Gaddafi says West af­ter oil

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

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.

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