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Gaddafi Seeks Revenge For Dead Family Members, NATO Not Convinced

Kevin Douglas Grant |
May 1, 2011 | 3:33 p.m. PDT

Executive Editor

Photo via @khalidkhan787
Photo via @khalidkhan787
Colonel Moammar Gaddafi's forces intensified shelling of rebel-held Misrata and crowds attacked the empty U.S. Embassy and several NATO members' embassies in Tripoli following a NATO bombing that reportedly killed Saif al-Arab Gaddafi and three of the family's grandchildren. 

CNN reported: "State TV aired what it said were two of their bodies, wrapped in white shrouds and draped with flags. A funeral procession and burial for the fallen 'martyrs' will be held on Monday, it reported.

The Libyan leader and his wife were in the house when it was targeted, but they are in good health, government spokesman Musa Ibrahim told journalists.

The building was in a residential area of Tripoli that houses several embassies. Ibrahim called the bombing a 'war crime.' The strike destroyed the two-bedroom, single-story house, leaving a massive crater in its place."

NATO may now have to answer for its decision to attack Gaddafi's home (if that is indeed the case), though the Miami Herald reported that NATO believes the family members could still be alive:

"NATO has found no evidence to support claims by the Libyan government that an airstrike in Tripoli killed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's youngest son and three grandchildren, two military officials said Sunday.

What the Libyan government called a residence - where Gadhafi's son, Saif al Arab, and three grandchildren lived when the structure was struck Saturday night - was, in fact, a command and control center with a bunker underneath, the NATO and U.S. officials said on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about NATO's findings."

A coalition of foreign governments lined up to criticize NATO's alleged actions, including Russia, China and Venezuela:

"In spite of criticism by Russia that NATO is trying to assassinate Gaddafi, Moscow has stopped short of raising the attacks at the UN security council.

The Libyan government has been pressing Russia and China to challenge the legality of the NATO action. Both have expressed sympathy with the argument that Nato strikes against compounds where Gaddafi and his family live go beyond the UN mandate to protect civilians in rebel-held areas."

Many Libyans in the east are convinced that Gaddafi is lying:

"In Benghazi, the rebel capital, residents were dubious, noting that Gaddafi has said family members have died at the world community's hands before.

After the U.S. attacked the regime's military headquarters in 1986, Gaddafi said his adopted daughter had been killed. Even now, Libyans aren't certain whether that's true."




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