TRIPOLI, Libya – Moammar Gadhafi said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that Libyans would fight back if Western nations impose a no-fly zone to prevent the regime from using its air force to bomb government opponents staging a rebellion.
He said imposing the restrictions would prove the West's real intention was to seize his country's oil wealth.
Gadhafi made his remarks in an interview aired Wednesday by Turkey's state-run TRT Turk television. The interview was conducted late at night when Gadhafi made a surprise appearance at a hotel where foreign journalists are staying in Tripoli and gave a few interviews.
In separate remarks, Gadhafi called on Libyans in the rebel-held east of the country to take back control from the opposition leaders who have seized the territory.