Colonel Gaddafi’s last public appearance in the flesh was several days ago. But the Libyan leader broadcast a brief message of defiance on state media.
He described the coalition attack as an aggression and said it would increase the Libyan people’s unity.
“This is a colonial crusade. This crusade will be capable of unleashing a full scale war,” he said.
“The army stores are now open and we are arming all the masses with all types of weapons to defend the independence, unity and honour of Libya.
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“The Mediterranean and North Africa are now a battleground: the interests of countries participating in this crusade will be in danger from now on.”
Colonel Gaddafi also called on others around the world – in Arab and Islamic nations, in Latin America, Asia and Africa – to confront what he called “this aggression”.