Sunday, May 1, 2011

Qaddafi escapes NATO air strike which kills his son, three grandsons

Saif al-Arab Qaddafi killed in NATO air strike

DEBKAfile Special Report May 1, 2011, 4:14 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Libyan war took a new and dangerous turn with the government spokesman's report that a NATO bombardment had killed Saif al-Arab, 29, the youngest of Muammar Qaddafi's six sons, and three of his grandsonsin at a villa in Tripoli. Muammar and his wife were attending a family event there during the attack but were unhurt. NATO has not confirmed this report.
The spokesman Moussa Ibrahim, who took journalists around the heavily damaged villa in a residential district of the city, could not say which warplanes had carried out the attack. He repeated that whichever NATO member was responsible for the attempt to cut short the conflict by assassinating Qaddafi and members of his family was in violation of international law. The attack, "had no moral, legal or political foundation," he said. Referring to the terms of UN Security Council 1973, Ibrahim said: "What is happening in Libya now has nothing to do with the protection of civilians." Report here

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