August 21st, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Libyan anchor waves gun on air, threatens to defend Gadhafi

An anchor giving the news this weekend on Libyan state television lifted a gun on air and warned rebels trying to oust Moammar Gadhafi that staffers at al-Libiyah would become martyrs if they had to.  

Hala Misrati grabbed a handgun from the top of the anchor desk as news reports said that rebels were advancing toward the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Al Jazeera English gave this translation: "With this weapon, I either kill or die today.

"You will not take al-Libiyah channel. You won't take Jamahiriyah channel, Shababiyah channel, Tripoli or all of Libya, and even those without a weapon are willing to be a shield in order to protect their colleagues at this channel. We are willing to become martyrs."

According to several reports, Misrati has been controversially outspoken about her support of Gadhafi. She previously reportedly referred to al Jazeera as "Swine Jazeera" and accused the news agency of killing its own employees and bombing its own offices.

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  1. :-)

    Don't worry Obama will make it better ! Yea right !

    August 22, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • lordpet

      I think not having Osama and Ghaddafi around is better, no?

      August 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. usual idiot

    I want one of those female bodyguards when muammar is toppled...

    August 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. snickerz

    she was arrested today by the rebels with her brother as she was entering a coffee shop in tripoli

    August 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Coradon

    Oh she looks so scary. Holding the gun backwards and all. Think the only thing someone would worry about is where the bullet might go after she shoots herself in the head.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bartolo

      Undine, in the most ridiculous moehtd of justifying the name un (one in French) + deien (ten in Old French.) In another messed translation moehtd since eleven in German is elf, I suppose you any name that has elf in the meaning. Alva, Alfred, Alberich, Alvar.

      March 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Duke & Banner

    Where's her Burkka? She's violating Islamic law, and must be punished!

    August 23, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
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