Libyan rebel chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil said yesterday “the end is very near” for Muammar Gaddafi and that it will be “catastrophic,” as insurgents pushing on the capital claimed to have seized a third key town in 24 hours.
“We have contacts with people from the inner circle of Gaddafi,” said the chairman of the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC). “All evidence (shows) that the end is very near, with God’s grace.” Abdel Jalil was speaking to reporters as a flurry of rumours suggested that Gaddafi was preparing to flee Libya.
“I expect a catastrophic end for him and his inner circle, and I expect that he will create a situation within Tripoli. I hope my expectation is wrong,” Abdel Jalil said. “That would be a good thing that will end the bloodshed and help us avoid material costs. But I do not expect that he will do that,” Abdel Jalil added.