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Libya: Colonel Gaddafi ‘flees’ to Venezuela as cities fall to protesters

February 21, 2011
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.
Libya: Colonel Gaddafi 'flees' to Venezuela as cities fall to protesters 

Several media have also reported rumors that Colonel Gaddafi was headed to Venezuela Photo: REUTERS

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 traveling 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 rumors”.

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