Tripoli: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to stay in the country ‘even if the NATO forces use nuclear bombs’, and instead has threatened to defeat them.
NATO forces have been carrying attack airstrikes on Libya almost on a regular basis, and have also targeted the dictator’s compound recently with the intention of ousting him from power.
Gaddafi made his latest comments in an audio message to thousands of supporters demonstrating against NATO in Tripoli`s Green Square.
"This is the first time they are facing an armed nation of a millions. They will be defeated, the alliance will be defeated," Sky News quoted him, as saying.
"We are in our country and we are determined to stay and defend it ... We are staying, we are staying. Let them even use nuclear bombs," Gaddafi added.
He also branded the rebels who are trying to overthrow him as "traitors" and "cowards".
State television carried the Libyan leader`s message live, then repeated it a few minutes later.
Meanwhile, NATO has released footage showing that pro-Gaddafi forces are hiding in, and firing multiple rockets from within a mosque.
The video was reportedly taken by a NATO surveillance aircraft on June 10 over the north-western town of Zlitan.