Cleric issues fatwa permitting Qadhafi assassination

Youssef al-Qaradawi, head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, has issued a fatwa permitting the killing of Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi. He urged Libyan military forces not to obey the Libyan leader's orders to fire at Libyan protesters.  

In a live interview on Al Jazeera satellite channel on Monday, al-Qaradwai said whoever can fire a bullet at Qadhafi should do so.

He further called on the Libyan people to unite in the face of oppression.

Libyan security authorities have cracked down severely on protesters calling for ousting the Libyan regime. The protests, which erupted on 17 February in the east of the country, have now extended to the capital Tripoli.

Libyan opposition leaders and eyewitnesses have said that hundreds of protesters were killed in aircraft raids in several places in Libya.

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