Libyan leader's son Saif al-Arab killed in NATO strike

TRIPOLI Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:05pm EDT

EDITOR'S NOTE: PICTURE TAKEN ON GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR Damage which the Libyan government said was caused by a coalition air strike is seen at the house of Saif Al-Arab Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in Tripoli April 30, 2011. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

EDITOR'S NOTE: PICTURE TAKEN ON GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR Damage which the Libyan government said was caused by a coalition air strike is seen at the house of Saif Al-Arab Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in Tripoli April 30, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Louafi Larbi

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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi survived a NATO airstrike on Saturday night that killed his youngest son Saif al-Arab and three of his grandchildren, a Libyan government spokesman said.

Mussa Ibrahim said Saif al-Arab was a civilian and a student who had studied in Germany. He was 29 years old.

Libyan officials took journalists to the house, which had been hit by at least three missiles. The roof had completely caved in in some areas, leaving strings of reinforcing steel hanging down among chunks of concrete.

A table football machine stood outside in the garden of the house, which was in a wealthy residential area of Tripoli.

(Reporting by Lin Noueihed; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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Comments (19)
morristhewise wrote:
Dictators all over the world will tremble as they watch the roots of the Gadhafi family being plucked out of the ground and destroyed. The name Gadhafi will only be remembered as a family of fools who defied the forces of free trade.

Apr 30, 2011 7:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kilomega wrote:
This is nolonger enforcement of UN resolution 1973 but another secret agenda aimed at tarnishing western.
If this war is about oil,Can we please stop it.We are creating more enemies than we can control.
STOP PLEASE,THIS CREATES MORE PROBLEMS ON innocent lives.

Apr 30, 2011 7:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mark825P wrote:
Where does it say in Resolution 1973 that NATO can assassinate the leader of Libya in order to prevent the leader of Libya’s forces from killing innocent women and children of Libya?

It doesn’t!

Go ahead NATO, destroy the tyrant so that the radicals can come to power and decimate the lives of Western civilians in the future. It’s Afghanistan and the Taliban all over again. I hope you’re able to sleep at night!

Apr 30, 2011 7:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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