Two Benghazi tribes support Gaddafi: Libyan TV

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 11:15 AM
Two Benghazi tribes support Gaddafi: Libyan TV

TUNIS (Reuters) - Two major tribes in the rebel-held city of Benghazi told Libyan state television they supported Muammar Gaddafi, the television said on Wednesday, but a rebel spokesman denied the report.

"In a call to the Libyan satellite channel the tribes of Tarhuna and Warfalla in Benghazi confirmed their support for the leader," the television said.

Government forces were closing in on Benghazi, Libya's second city, which has been the main stronghold of the rebellion against Gaddafi's four-decade long rule.

Both tribes were previously believed to have thrown their weight behind the rebels.

A rebel spokesman in the western city of Misrata denied the TV report.

"This is false news. They are lying. They want to create division among tribes. Gaddafi lies about everything," the spokesman, called Abdulbasset, told Reuters.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny, writing by Silvia Aloisi)