British PM Says NATO Targeting Libyan Decision Makers

Published on Sunday 1st May 2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday NATO forces are targeting Libya's command and control units, not specific people.Mr. Cameron refused to comment on media reports that a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had been killed in a NATO airstrike.Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said late Saturday that 29-year-old Saif al-Arab Gadhafi and three of Moammar Gadhafi's grandchildren were killed during what Ibrahim called a direct attempt to assassinate the Libyan leader.  Ibrahim says Mr. Gadhafi and his wife were in their son's home at the time, but were not hurt.  He said several other people at the home were injured. Reporters were taken to the site of the home, where they saw extensive damage. Britian's prime minister said the targeting policy of NATO is in line with a U.N. resolution calling for the prevention of the loss of civilian life.  Mr. Cameron said that means targeting command and control, as well as military hardware.Earlier Saturday, NATO rejected an offer from Mr. Gadhafi for negotiations to end the conflict in his country, saying it was without merit. Other airstrikes in recent days have hit buildings while Mr. Gadhafi was nearby.  Libya says NATO air forces bombed a site near the national broadcast offices early Saturday while the Libyan leader was inside delivering an address to the nation.  Last Monday, a NATO airstrike in Tripoli destroyed a building in the complex where Mr. Gadhafi lives.



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