NATO airstrikes hit Gaddafi's compound in Libya

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PostMon Apr 25, 2011 12:36 pm » by Zegtelzegtel


New NATO airstrikes hit Gaddafi's compound in Libya

Interior damage to a building in Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, Libya, on 25 April 2011. NATO forces flattened a building inside Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziyah compound early on Monday, in what a press official from Gaddafi's government said was an attempt on the Libyan leader's life.

Cairo/Tripoli - NATO continued its strikes on the Libyan capital Tripoli Monday morning, badly damaging buildings in Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi's compound.

Two missiles struck the Bab al-Azizia compound early Monday, and government officials later took foreign journalists in Tripoli to see the damaged buildings. A press official from Gaddafi's government said the attack was an attempt on the leader's life.

One of the buildings is said to have been where cabinet and other official meetings take place, the latest being Gaddafi's talks with an African Union delegation that recently visited the conflict- riddden country.

A group of Gaddafi's supporters were also seen chanting slogans and carrying his photos near the damaged buildings.
Saif al-Islam, one of Gaddafi's sons, said that NATO is losing its battle against Libya, because 'Moamer Gaddafi has millions supporting him.'

'To all Libyans, this is a cowardly attack because it took place in the darkness of the night, and is only meant to terrorise children, and it is impossible to make us feel afraid, give up or raise the white flag,' Saif al-Islam said shortly after the attack.
Three television broadcasters also stopped broadcasting for about half an hour after the attacks which occurred right after midnight.

Libyan government forces meanwhile continued to shell the western port Misurata with rockets, witnesses said, despite an earlier announcement that they would withdraw from the city.
After eight weeks of fierce fighting with rebels, the government said that its forces were fully retreating from Misurata, and that local tribes would be left to settle the issue, either by force or negotiations.
He said that residents in neighbouring communities had given the Libyan army an ultimatum to defeat the rebels quickly. When the deadline was not met, the tribes vowed to deal with the rebels themselves.

Heavy fighting in Misurata on Sunday had left at least 30 people dead, a witness told Al Arabiya broadcaster, on Monday.
The rebels say at least 1,000 have been killed in Misurata, Libya's third most populous city, about 200 kilometres east of Tripoli.
NATO has been in control of military operations in Libya for over three weeks to protect civilians from Gaddafi's troops and enforce a United Nations-mandated no-fly zone over the North African country.
NATO released a statement on Sunday afternoon describing its efforts to protect civilians during one Predator drone attack on a surface-to-air missile in Tripoli the evening before.

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