In a live TV broadcast, Gaddafi said, "We will not surrender.."We will defeat them by any means ... We are ready for the fight, whether it will be a short or a long one ... We will be victorious in the end..This assault ... is by a bunch of fascists who will end up in the dustbin of history."
Western airforces led by the USA, France and Britain have grounded Gaddafi's planes and have forced his troops to step back from the frontiers of Benghazi, a rebel stronghold. However, disorganised and ill-equipped rebels have failed to draw any milieu and are still lying low.
The Libyan government has denied reports that it is violating the self-declared cease-fire and maintains that the whatever shelling is done in only in retaliation to the attacks by the rebels and that too in a bid to ensure the safety of the troops.
The situation in Misrata, a town sieged by the rebels is growing worse with each passing day. Water shortage, power cuts, shortage of food and doctors have compounded the misery of the residents.
Western countries who have vowed to ouster Gaddafi and help the people of Libya in their struggle for change, have so far remained non-committal on the movement of ground troops to guide the air strikes and close in on Gaddafi.
Meanwhile, Libya ordered the release of three captive journalists, including two working with Agence France-Presse and a Getty Images photographer, informed Getty.