Supporters loyal to former Libyan head of state Muammar Gaddafi distributed a new audio message by the ousted leader in which he urges fellow countrymen to fight against rebels and pledges never to leave his homeland. He accuses the National Transitional Council (NTC), governing Libya during the past weeks, that it is a weapon in the hands of Western countries.
“To all my beloved Libyans, the Libyan land is yours and you need to defend it against all those traitors, the dogs, those that have been in Libya and are trying to take over the land,” Gaddafi said in the new audio.
He also went on to say that he is not in Niger and will never flee Libya, while NTC and Western powers try to psychologically influence his supporters across Libya, disseminating rumors and news that he is trying to escape open fight and leave the country.
Earlier, Anis Sharif, a spokesman for Tripoli’s new military authorities, said rebel forces have surrounded Gaddafi within a radius of 60 kilometers but refused to reveal more details on his whereabouts. The rebels, now a kind of ruling party in Libya, revealed the former Libyan leader uses a convoy of armored and armed vehicles and uses a tent as shelter.