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Reward Offered For Gadhafi, Dead Or Alive

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Rebels worked to secure funds to govern Libya Thursday and reported they were encountering areas of resistance from forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Opposition leaders promised a $1.4 million reward and amnesty for anyone who captures or kills Gadhafi, whose whereabouts remained unknown, CNN reported.

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, leader of the opposition National Transitional Council, announced the amnesty offer from Benghazi, the BBC reported.

“Gadafi’s forces and his accomplices will not stop resisting until Gadhafi is caught or killed,” he said.

On Wednesday, Gadhafi taunted the rebels in an audio message and urged loyalists to rise up in Tripoli.

“I have been out a bit in Tripoli discreetly, without being seen by people, and … I did not feel that Tripoli was in danger,” Gadhafi said in the message broadcast by two Arabic-language networks.

CNN said it couldn’t independently authenticate the recording.

Gadhafi said he retreated in a “tactical move” after NATO airstrikes destroyed much his compound, the message said.

The transitional council appealed for the release of Libyan money frozen in foreign banks.

The United States was expected to call for a vote by the U.N. Security Council to release the funds, CNN said. South African diplomats said they oppose the move because the situation in Libya remained unsettled.

Countries involved in stabilizing efforts in Libya were to meet Thursday in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss how to aid the transitional council, CNN said.

Special Forces from Britain, France, Jordan and Qatar enhanced operations in Tripoli and other cities.

British Defense Minister Liam Fox confirmed to the BBC that NATO was providing intelligence and reconnaissance aid to rebels searching for Gadhafi.

CNN reported some of Gadhafi’s forces were in the streets taking shots at people. Because celebratory gunfire mixed with the sounds of fighting, it was difficult to determine what was happening.

The inability to capture Gadhafi prompted some Tripoli residents to set up checkpoints to protect their homes.

Nearly all the hospitals in Tripoli were receiving wounded, “but some of the hospitals have not been accessible due to the fighting, which means that other hospitals have an added burden,” said Jonathan Whittall, head of the Doctors without Borders humanitarian mission in Libya.

Two surgical teams were en route from Europe, with the first set to arrive Friday, said Robin Waudo, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Fighting between rebels and Gadhafi loyalists erupted Wednesday outside the Rixos Hotel, where 35 international journalists and foreign nationals were released after being held for five days by Gadhafi forces.

Four Italian journalists kidnapped in Tripoli were released Thursday, the Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed.

In Brega, several crude oil storage tanks have been afire for six days since they were torched by retreating troops, said Ramadan Shalash, the refinery fire chief.

The National Transitional Council said it was in negotiations with leaders of Gadhafi’s tribe in his hometown of Sirte to ensure surrender without bloodshed.

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