Libya: NATO Strike Kills Son of Gadhafi

Published on Sunday 1st May 2011

A Libyan official says a NATO airstrike has killed one of the sons of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and three of his grandsons. The report on Libyan television says Saif al-Arab Gadhafi was killed at his house. The official calls the incident an attempt to assassinate Mr.Gadhafi, who was not injured. Earlier Saturday, NATO rejected an offer from Mr. Gadhafi for negotiations to end the conflict in his country. A NATO official said Saturday NATO wants to see "actions not words." He said the Libyan government has announced ceasefires several times before only to continue attacking civilians.  The official said NATO operations will continue as long as civilians in Libya are threatened. Libyan rebels also rejected Mr. Gadhafi's call for talks saying the time for compromise has passed.  Mr. Gadhafi said in an hour-and-a-half long televised speech on Saturday that he was ready for negotiations provided that NATO stop its attacks, but he said would not step down from power. Libya says NATO bombed a site near the national broadcast offices while Mr. Gadhafi was inside delivering his address.  The Libyan government says the bombing shows allied forces are specifically targeting Mr. Gadhafi. Also Saturday, NATO said it is working to clear anti-ship mines laid by pro-Gadhafi forces in the harbor of the rebel-held city of Misrata.  NATO operations commander Brigadier Rob Weighill said the alliance intercepted several small boats laying mines on Friday.  He said the incident shows what he called Mr. Gadhafi's complete disregard for international law by trying to keep humanitarian aid from being delivered to civilians. Several aid ships have not been able to arrive in the port because of the threat of mines.  The port is the only lifeline for the city of 300,000, which has been under siege for two months.


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