Muammar Qadhafi vowed on Thursday that he would never surrender and that his country could “be engulfed in flames,” according to a report on Syrian television.
The Syrian-owned Al-Rai channel said Qadhafi swore to keep fighting and told his supporters “Let Libya be engulfed in flames.” He issued a statement warning that his supporters are armed and will not surrender.
Qadhafi’s whereabouts are not known. His wife and three of his children fled to Algeria earlier this week, but the government there has said Qadhafi is not with them.
Thursday’s report comes as the Libyan rebels extended their deadline for the surrender of Qadhafi’s hometown of Sirte by a week.
The Associated Press reported Al-Rai issued a statement quoting Qadhafi as saying, “we won’t surrender again; we are not women; we will keep fighting.”
There was no audio recording.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting with world leaders today in Paris to discuss Libya’s future with the Libyan Transitional National Council. Libya’s rebels will discuss what they need in financial aid and other assistance to stabilize their country.
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