Muammar Gaddafi
Muammar Gaddafi gestures as he speaks at a Tripoli hotel in this still image from a video REUTERS

Muammar Gaddafi is back in the spotlight, calling on Libyans to take to the streets and wage a campaign of civil disobedience against the country's new leaders, and shows he after all approves of revolution, just when they are not against him, that is.

Gaddafi, as usual, criticised his arch enemies form the National Transitional Council, a group of politicians which have assumed leadership of the country since his ousting by the rebel-led forces.

Insisting the new leaders were not legitimate as they were neither nominated nor elected, by the Libyan people, the Colonel called on his countrymen to"go out in new million-man marches in all cities and villages and oases."

"Be courageous, rise up, go out in the streets," he said. "Raise the green flag in the skies ... the conditions in Libya are unbearable."

The freedom fighter, as he calls himself, that first took power more than 40 years ago is then back it seems, shame he did not appreciate the value and importance of the revolutionaries that took to the streets to protest against his regime's oppression a few months ago.

Gaddafi's appeal was made in a poor quality audio recording and it was not possible to verify his identity, but it was broadcast on Syrian-based Al-Rai TV, which has become the mouthpiece of his anti NTC propaganda.

The former leader has made several speeches on Al-Raiand tried to rally his supporters, as troops loyal to him are still waging fierce resistance in Sirte, and Bani Walid southeast of Tripoli and pockets in the south.

Gaddafi was last heard on Sept. 20 calling the revolution a "charade gaining its legitimacy through airstrikes."

Since disappearing the former Libyan leader has called on Libyans to rebel against the transitional government and NATO several times.

Just a few weeks ago he called on his loyalists to sacrifice themselves for the nation and free Libya of 'the rats', a term he uses to describe the NATO and NTC forces.

While insisting he is still fighting and still in the country, Gaddafi only communicate by audio messages for fear of being located and captured. He is not on the front line and while his appeals sound somehow a bit desperate, he still has an important amount of followers.

The transitional government fighters are now struggling to take the lasts of Gaddafi's stronghold and have been trying to take control of Sirte, the colonel's birthplace for a few weeks.

Sirte, 250 miles (400 kilometres) southeast of Tripoli, is the largest of the pro-Gadhafi cities that are still holding out against Libya's new rulers, and pro-Gaddafi forces have put up a fierce resistance, with the two sides trading artillery, tank and mortar shelling.

As usual civilians were the first to be caught in the conflict and hundreds of families decided to leave to escape the violence, resigning themselves to set up camp just outside of the city. Some 18,000 people living in camps in that area had received aid this week from the ICRC, it has also been reported.

Reports say the Gaddafi forces have now taken over the main hospital, using it as their new headquarters.

For those still in the city, the next few days or maybe even weeks could prove arduous both emotionally and physically.

Hospitals are running out of space, staff, material and medicines, and wounded are often left to agonise for hours.

Recent reports from civilians escaping the city also indicated some hospitals only accept to take in Gaddafi forces, but have not been independently verified.

Civilians are also reportedly becoming angry at the rebel and NATO as they say, by the time the assault on Sirte is over, they will be left with an empty and destroyed city.

However the Alliance has announced Thursday, October 7 that the bombing campaign in Libya will continue until armed resistance from Gaddafi forces ceases.

Despite the anger civilians can have against the NTC, Gaddafi's calls for a revolution are provocative since the conflict started after his troops fired live ammunition at peaceful protesters demanding new reforms. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the conflict however is how the pro-Gaddafi forces can still continue to fight if the former regime has collapsed. With Gaddafi and his men out of the picture it would be interesting to know who provide the 'Gaddafi loyalists' with ammunitions, salaries and food.