Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Former revolutionaries promised to keep fighting for Cuba on Saturday as the island beefed up security, saying it fears a US attack during Fidel Castro's health crisis.
Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Ricardo Alarcon said Castro "remains in stable condition" and "is resting in order to recover as quickly as possible".
As Castro recovers, the government - under the control of his brother, Defence Minister Raul Castro - has mobilised citizen defence militias and asked military reservists to check in daily.
The White House has insisted no such threat exists, with press secretary Tony Snow dismissing the suggestion that the United States would attack the island as "absurd."
Neither of the Castros has been seen since Monday's announcement that Fidel, 79, had undergone surgery and was temporarily ceding power to Raul, 75. No new details were provided on Castro's condition following the surgery for intestinal bleeding.