Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi released a statement Saturday, warning that international air and missile strikes inside his country have turned North Africa and the Mediterranean Sea into a "real war zone."
Qaddafi said: "The interests of the involved countries will be subjected to threats as of now in the Mediterranean Sea because of this aggressive, foolish act that's completely unjustifiable, other than it is a mere crusader colonial aggression that aims to launch a second wide ranging crusader campaign."
In the statement, Qaddafi did not blame al Qaeda, as he has frequently to date, on the uprising, but instead called on other nations and people to stand by Libya in order to fight off "colonial aggression."
Qaddafi said that the aggressive actions in Libya are "only making this people stronger, tougher, more united within an internal and united national front. Right now, weapons depots are being opened in order to arm the people with all sorts of weapons, in order to enable them to defend Libya's independence its unity and its Honor."