Rumors are swirling that Muammar Gaddafi, longtime leader of Libya, was shot by a soldier. Oil prices dropped below $100 based on the rumor.
Most nations around the world are currently advising against non-essential travel to Libya. This afternoon news was released that Gaddafi, who has been in power for 41 years, was shot. A senior White House official told NBC that the there is no reason to believe that Gaddafi was dead or had even been fired upon.
After the rumor was started, Oil prices tumbled $2 a barrel.
A resident of the Libyan capital of Tripoli told CBS Radio News Thursday that supporters of Muammar Qaddafi, the country’s longtime leader, have stormed into hospitals to shoot wounded demonstrators and take dead bodies to an unknown location. The violence seems to be growing.
“They go in with guns into hospitals,” said the resident, identified only as Adel to protect his safety. “They take the bodies that are dead. In some hospitals, they have shot the wounded. This is true. I know it’s very strange for the States, but this is happening today in Tripoli.”
Because the situation in Libya is growing more dangerous day by day and reporting from the country is difficult for Western journalists, the statements made by “Adel” to CBS Radio News could not be verified.
To hear Gaddafi talking about what is going on with the protesters in Libya, you can watch the video below, released on Tuesday.