Libya

Gaddafi Makes First Public Appearance In Weeks


DailyMail | The International Criminal Court is set to issue an arrest warrant for Colonel Gaddafi, it has been announced.

Italy's Foreign Minister said the warrant issued at the end of the month would be a 'key moment' in the Libyan crisis, as the dictator today made his first public appearance in weeks.

Franco Frattini said the warrant would make it 'impossible' for the Libyan leader to leave the country in exile as 'all the international community would have legal obligations'.

Colonel Gaddafi has made his first public appearance for weeks after a NATO air strike on Tripoli killed his youngest son and three grandchildren.

The Libyan dictator - who was filmed talking with tribal leaders in a hotel in the capital - was last seen in public on April 9.

NATO Air Strikes Hit Gaddafi Compound Again


AFP | NATO-led air strikes hit Muammar Gaddafi's compound, killing three people, the Libyan regime said, as rebels celebrated the capture of Misrata airport and fresh diplomatic coups in the West.

The pre-dawn strikes in the capital Tripoli came just hours after Libyan state television showed what it said was footage of Gaddafi meeting tribal leaders, the first new video of him aired since an April 30 air strike that his government termed an attempt on his life.

"Three people died - two of them are journalists and one was their guide who was helping them film a documentary," government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim told a news conference in the Bab al-Aziziya compound that was held next to a large, water-filled crater.

NATO Strike Kills Gadhafi's Son But Gadhafi Survives


Washington Post | Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi escaped a NATO missile strike in Tripoli on Saturday, but his youngest son and three grandchildren under the age of 12 were killed, a government spokesman said.

The strike, which came hours after Gadhafi called for a cease-fire and negotiations in what rebels called a publicity stunt, marked an escalation of international efforts to prevent the Libyan regime from regaining momentum. Rebels honked horns and chanted “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great” while speeding through the western city of Misrata, which Gadhafi’s forces have besieged and subjected to random shelling for two months, killing hundreds. Fireworks were set off in front of the central Hikma hospital, causing a brief panic that the light would draw fire from Gadhafi’s forces.

The attack struck the house of Gadhafi’s youngest son, Seif al-Arab, when the Libyan leader and his wife were inside. White House spokesman Shin Inouye declined to comment on the developments in Libya, referring questions to NATO.


NATO Forces Strike Gadhafi's Compound

NewsDay | NATO forces have bombed an area close to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli, hitting what reporters described as a military installation.

The strike early Saturday set off alarms in the capital, but caused no injuries.

Libyan officials described the site that was hit as a parking lot.  But reporters on the scene say two bomb craters exposed a layer of reinforced concrete covering what appeared to be a bunker.  They said ammunition crates also lay close by.

Libyan Rebels To Receive Non-Lethal Equipment From U.S.

Guardian | US secretary of state Hillary Clinton announces the provision of $25m of non-lethal items such as vehicles, radios and medicines to opposition forces in eastern Libya.

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