Gaddafi; What The Future Holds
I really feel I cannot comment on this post, because I will not say anything nice. So I will just leave you this time with the article itself. Namaste, Wendy
NATO air strikes target Gaddafi’s compound
Witnesses say NATO pounded Libyan leader’s residence and state television offices in capital, Tripoli.
Last Modified: 10 May 2011 03:49
They said jets carried out eight strikes in roughly three hours in an unusually heavy bombardment of Tripoli, with four explosions rocking the Libyan capital shortly after 2am [0000 GMT] on Tuesday.A number of blasts have been heard from apparent NATO missile strikes targeting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in the capital, Tripoli, witnesses have said.
They were quickly followed by two more blasts.
A resident told Al Jazeera that an intelligence agency was also targeted by the strikes.
Late on Monday, witnesses reported two explosions in the capital as jets flew overhead, adding that smoke was rising from a site near the offices of Libyan television and state news agency JANA.
Libyan officials said on Tuesday four children were wounded by flying glass caused by blasts from NATO strikes in the Tripoli area overnight.
“Two of the children were seriously hurt and are in intensive care in hospital,” said one official.
Officials took foreign journalists twice to Tripoli’s Dahmani neighbourhood to see what they said were the results of NATO strikes.
On the first visit, journalists saw a government building housing the high commission for children that had been completely destroyed. The old colonial building had been damaged before in what officials said was a NATO strike on April 30.
The roof of part of the building was blown away along with one wall, and the basement was visible through the destroyed floor.
A guard at the site said the building was hit around 11pm (2100 GMT) on Monday. There were no reports of casualties in those strikes.
The blasts came after Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO chief, said time was running out for Gaddafi, who “should realise sooner rather than later that there’s no future for him or his regime”.
An international coalition began carrying out strikes on pro-Gaddafi forces on March 19, under a UN resolution to protect civilians. NATO took command of operations over Libya on March 31.
The Libyan regime said on May 1 that Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, one of the Libyan leader’s sons, and three of his grandchildren were killed in a NATO air strike on a compound in Tripoli.
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On Monday, rebels said NATO bombed government arms depots four times during the day about 30 km southeast of Zintan, a town in the Western Mountains region where conflict is escalating.
Another rebel spokesman said the planes also struck around Tamina and Chantine, east of Misurata, where besieged rebels are clinging on in the last city they control in western Libya.
Gaddafi’s forces have launched a ferocious assault on Misurata and hundreds have been killed in weeks of fighting.
The opposition newspaper Brnieq said on Tuesday that Libyan rebels were leading an uprising in the suburbs of Tripoli after being supplied with light weapons by defecting security service officers.
However, the report on the newspaper’s website could not be independently verified.
Here is an article That BBC wrote in regards to Gadaffi’s son being killed. Here is also a video of them rampaging through his place. What I can’t believe is that they killed children. That is so sad and this is not the son that we really need to worry about, it’s the other one that chooses to be his father’s voice at this time. Here is this next news article in relation to the one above.
Nato strike ‘kills Saif al-Arab Gaddafi’, Libya says
Christian Fraser describes the scene of the air strike in which Saif al-Arab Gaddafi is said to have died.
A Nato air strike in Tripoli has killed the son of Col Muammar Gaddafi, a Libyan government spokesman has said.
Saif al-Arab and three of Col Gaddafi’s grandchildren died at a villa in the Bab al-Aziziya compound, he said.
The Libyan leader himself was there at the time but was unharmed, he added. Nato said it had hit a military target but denied targeting individuals.
Gaddafi supporters rallied outside Western diplomatic missions in Tripoli, reportedly causing some damage.
The UK Foreign Office said it was investigating reports that the residence of its ambassador had been “destroyed”. The UK has withdrawn diplomats from Tripoli.
There were also demonstrations outside the Italian and US missions, and the UN building said its offices were looted.
At the scene
Christian FraserBBC News, Tripoli
The press visit was again, carefully orchestrated. Within two hours of the explosion we were on the site to see the destruction for ourselves.
The damage was extensive, though one rocket was still lying unexploded in the centre of the villa. Beside it a deep hole, possibly a basement to a bunker though impossible to verify in the dark.
Nato was quick to respond to the allegations they had targeted the leader. But this was an attack earlier than usual, in a residential area of the city.
Moussa Ibrahim, the government spokesman told us there had been a family gathering attended by Colonel Gaddafi and his wife.
If he was there, it is hard to imagine he could have walked away from this unscathed.
Earlier on Sunday, Nato acknowledged that there had been a strike in Tripoli late on Saturday.
The head of Nato’s military operations in Libya, Lt Gen Charles Bouchard, said a “command-and-control” building had been hit, and that all targets for Nato attacks were “military in nature”.
He added that he was aware of reports that members of Col Gaddafi’s family had been killed, but made no further comment.
The BBC’s Christian Fraser in Tripoli says that unusually the alliance issued its statement within hours of the strike, well aware of the political implications.
China and Russia within the Security Council have concerns that the alliance has gone beyond the mandate of the UN resolution authorising “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.
But UK Prime Minister David Cameron said Nato’s targeting policy was “in line with the UN resolution”.
“It is about preventing a loss of civilian life by targeting Gaddafi’s war-making machine, so that is obviously tanks and guns, rocket launchers, but also command and control,” he told the BBC.
Journalists taken to the site of the air strike said the building was extensively damaged and one unexploded bomb remained at the site.
Saif al-Arab, who had a lower profile than his brother Saif al-Islam, had been studying in Germany and returned to Libya recently.
Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said: “The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Saif al-Arab Muammar Gaddafi, 29 years old, and three of the leader’s grandchildren.
Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim: “Direct operation to assassinate the leader”
“The leader with his wife was there in the house with other friends and relatives. The leader himself is in good health.” Col Gaddafi’s wife was also unharmed, he said.
“This was a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country,” the spokesman added.
There has been no independent confirmation of the deaths.
Libyan rebels began a campaign in mid-February to end more than four decades of rule by Col Gaddafi. Since last month they have been aided by an international coalition acting on a UN mandate.
Mr Moussa said the attack was against international law.
“How is this helping in the protection of civilians? Mr Saif al-Arab was a civilian, a student,” he said.
“He was playing and talking to his father and mother and his nieces and nephews and other visitors when he was attacked and killed.”
An adopted daughter of Col Gaddafi’s was killed in 1986 by a US air strike launched in response to alleged Libyan involvement in a Berlin bombing targeting US military personnel.
Mr Ibrahim accused the international coalition conducting strikes over Libya of not wanting peace.
“We have again and again declared that we are ready for negotiation, ready for road maps for peace, ready for political transitional periods, ready for elections, ready for a referendum.
“The West does not care to test our statements. They only care to rob us of our freedom, our wealth, which is oil, and our right to decide our future as Libyans.”
Gunfire rang out in celebration in the eastern rebel stronghold of Benghazi following the reports that Saif al-Arab Gaddafi had been killed.
On Saturday, Nato officials said the alliance would not consider talks until government forces stopped attacks on civilians.
The vice-chairman of the rebel Transitional National Council also rejected the offer of negotiations.
He said the Libyan leader had “offered ceasefires only to continue violating basic human rights”.
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