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Libya: Gaddafi “Flees” To Venezuela While Cities Fall To Protesters

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February 21, 2011: Bruno Waterfield (Brussels) / The Telegraph – February 21, 2011

If true, add Libya to both Tunisia and Egypt whose dictators have been forced to flee… – SJH

Credible Western intelligence reports say that Muammar Gaddafi has fled Libya and is on his way to exile in Venezuela, according to William Hague, the foreign secretary.

Following an emergency EU meeting of foreign ministers on the situation in Libya, Mr Hague was asked if Britain, or other Western countries, knew if Col. Gaddafi had left Tripoli.

“About whether Col. Gaddafi, is in Venezuela, I have no information that says he is although I have seen some information that suggests he is on his way there,” he said.

British officials stressed that Mr Hague was referring “not to media reports but information from other channels”. “This is credible information,” said a diplomat.

Mr Hague said that the foreign office was offering “every possible assistance” to the 3,500 British nationals currently in Libya. “There should be restraint instead of violence, dialogue instead of repression in Libya. Human rights should be respected. We are concerned at this stage about our nationals in Libya,” he said.

Governments and companies have scrambled to get people out of Libya after security forces loyal to Col. Gaddafi warned he would “fight to the last bullet”.

As foreign ministers met in Brussels, they heard intelligence reports that the Libyan regime was close to collapse as the city of Benghazi fell to anti-government protesters.

A senior source in the Venezuelan government denied the reports that Col. Gaddafi was travelling to the South American oil-producing nation led by his ally President Hugo Chavez. An official said the information that the Libyan leader was heading into exile was “unfounded rumours”.

ITN News: Hague Comments On Gaddafi Venezuela Rumours

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Check out all the articles below for more information on Libya– SJH

Libya Air Force Bombs Protesters Heading To Army Base

Two Libyan Pilots Defect After Ordered To Bomb Protesters

Libyan Embassy Staff Resign In Stockholm

Gold, Silver, Crude Oil Sharply Higher As Violence In Libya Climbs

Commodities Explode As BP Prepares To Evacuate Staff From Burning Libya

North Africa And Middle East Protests – Gaddafi: “I’m Still Here” (Video)

Libya State TV: Gaddafi Still In Libya?

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