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Gaddafi's son warns NATO allies

Monday, July 04, 2011 - 01:34

July 4 - Muammar Gaddafi's son rejects calls for his father to step down and says that Western powers have made themselves ''legitimate targets'' for retaliation. Jessica Gray reports.

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One of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons issues a stark warning to the West. Speaking to French TV on Sunday, Saif al-Islam says his father has no intention of leaving and delivers a message to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUAMMAR GADDAFI'S SON, SAIF AL-ISLAM, SAYING: "You are not going to win. You have no chance, zero chance, to win the war here." He added that NATO's airstrikes targeting Gaddafi's forces will have severe repercussions for alliance members. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUAMMAR GADDAFI'S SON, SAIF AL-ISLAM "You are going to be legitimate targets for us." On Friday his father addressed the nation via telephone, demanding NATO halt its attack or risk seeing Libyan fighters descend on Europe "like a swarm of locusts or bees." Libya's Prime Minister echoed al-Islam's belief that Gaddafi would not leave his post under any circumstances. He told Al Arabiya television that NATO was infringing on Libya's sovereignty. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LIBYAN PRIME MINISTER, DR. AL BAGHDADI AL MAHMOUDI "We consider any non-political interference in Libyan affairs as a direct attempt to interfere with Libyan authority. At the same time it makes the situation worse and so what's currently happening, including the NATO raids, is a direct threat to Libya and it inflates the situation and makes it worse. We can't be working on solving the issues in this environment and under constant raids. What France did is in clear violation of the UN mandate." Meanwhile, Turkey has promised to give Libya's embattled rebels $200 million dollars to help defeat Gaddafi's forces. (SOUNDBITE)(English) THE TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER, AHMET DAVUTOGLU, SAYING: "Turkey supports the demand of the Libyan people and the unit of Libya. Therefore, we declared a roadmap, as you know, and this roadmap is to underline the basic principles of such a transformation." The rebels say they are within 80km of Gaddafi's stronghold in Tripoli, but were halted in their push by rocket attacks on Friday. Jessica Gray, Reuters

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Gaddafi's son warns NATO allies

Monday, July 04, 2011 - 01:34