More daytime attacks on Tripoli after Gaddafi vows to defeat NATO
NATO launched fresh daytime attacks on Libyan capital Tripoli Saturday, after leader Moamer Gaddafi raged against the alliance and vowed to defeat it, dpa reported.
A Libyan military spokesman said NATO planes hit both military and civilian targets, wounding many people, state television reported.
NATO also targeted the eastern Fernaj district in Tripoli and the city of al-Jafra, 600 kilometres south of the capital, overnight, the spokesman said.
The daytime raids are designed to increase pressure on Gaddafi, who remains firmly in control of Tripoli.
A defiant Gaddafi, who has been in power for 42 years, said in a reported telephone call broadcast on state television late Friday that "the alliance will be defeated."
"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," he said, and described the rebels seeking his ouster as "traitors" and "cowards."
The anti-Gaddafi protests began in mid-February and soon turned into an armed conflict after a lethal government crackdown on demonstrators.