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. banasy©

    @Old Man Clarke:
    Now that you're here, well, yeah.
    Just come up with a name that hasn't been stolen, and you can hate on the TP all you want.

    August 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @Tom Posey...if you goto Youtube, there are a dozen or so videos of foreign news anchors reporting of Israel's MOSSAD recruiting mercenaries soldiers and then renting them to Gadhaffi. I first learned of this on NPR, and so looked into it for myself to make sure before I posted here.

    August 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. One on One

    @ Old man clark, I couldn't agree more! well said

    August 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. How did B. Clinton help start War on Iraq?

    For the answer, goto today's 'Canada 12' story. There's more about Bill than fat ladies respecting the oval office.

    August 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the prophet

    I am back from a day off....I see things are moving right along in Lybia. CIA operatives are leading rebbeks well agsinst Gadhafi srtugle to stay in power and control. Operatives are well informed from the inside regime rats, however Gadhafi elite are producing false decoy plans to detair strategic apposition interceptions

    August 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. One on One

    The REBELLION has captured his son! Oben one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    To ONE ON ONE Ya know it isnt that Ive anything to hide But I just dont throw my name out there online

    August 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. One on One

    I was asking about how you came up with it, what's it about? Don't want to tell that's fine. See ya around buddy

    August 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ronvan

    I am sure they can bury her along side all the others! Gadhafi couldn't care less how many of his "people" die!

    August 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. justathought

    I was wondering why anyone would want to defend Gadhafi, and then I thought of liberalis and Obom.

    August 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shiver Lay

    I don't mind the "naughty" words: only their not being used very cleverly. Some of these were not worthy of the expense.
    banasy has posted her real name at least twice now, maybe three times, since I've been around, and now her husband's twice in a couple of days.
    Such prudes we raise in this country! Life can be fun.

    August 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    *Facepalm*™

    @gung hoe: I think he just wants to know how you came up with 'gung hoe'.
    Pretty harmless.

    August 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Hello, Shiver Lay.
    How are you?

    August 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    Checkout the 341 post at the live blog about tripoli Banasy and its montana that you reside in correct

    August 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. One on One

    Thanks banasy, I thought I was making it CLEAR! But if he has an issue with telling the story, I have no problem with peoples privacy.

    August 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
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