NATO Strike: Gaddafi Escapes, Son Dies

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi‘s youngest son was one of several persons killed in a late Saturday attack carried out by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a government official said on Sunday.

Libyan government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said in a news conference that 29-year-old Saif al-Arab, Gaddafi’s son, was killed in the missile attack. Also killed in the missile strike in Tripoli were three young grandchildren of the Libyan leader, Ibrahim said. All three grandchildren were reportedly under the age of 12. The strike was condemned by the Libyan government, which accused the Allied forces of violating international law by specifically targeting Gaddafi. Russia also criticized the NATO attack, with one lawmaker saying that the strike proves that the Allied forces have no other aim but “the physical destruction of Gaddafi.”

The NATO admitted that its forces indeed targeted a “command and control building,” but denied that the operation was carried out to assassinate Gaddafi. “It was not targeted against any individual,” NATO spokeswoman Carmen Romero said. Romero also said that the Libyan government’s claim pertaining to the casualties has yet to be verified.