Apr 30 - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi survives NATO airstrike that killed his youngest son Saif al-Arab and three of his grandchildren. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi survived a NATO air strike on a Tripoli house that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren, according to the government. Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim SOUNDBITE: Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim, saying (English): "Tonight and only a short time ago the Western NATO crusader aggression against the Libyan nation continued and proved again that it has no moral foundation. No legal foundation, and no political foundation. The House of Mr. Saif Gaddafi known as Aruba to most Libyans, who is the youngest of the leader's children, was attacked tonight with full power. The leader with his wife was there in the house with other friends and relatives. The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Saif Gaddafi , 29 years old, and three of the leader's grandchildren. The leader himself is in good health. He was not harmed. His wife is also in good health, she was not harmed." There was no immediate NATO reaction or any independent confirmation of the deaths. Gaddafi had appeared on television in the early hours of Saturday and said he would never step down. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters