Gadhafi's Tripoli Compound Hit After TV Appearance
VOA News May 12, 2011
NATO warplanes have attacked Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli, hours after he made his first appearance on Libyan television since last month.
Libyan authorities took reporters to the Bab al-Azaziya compound Thursday to show them the damage from the early morning airstrikes.
The reporters saw one missile-damaged building at the site, which NATO has bombed several times since beginning an operation in March to protect Libyan civilians from pro-Gadhafi forces.
Libyan rebels have been fighting since March to end Gadhafi's 42-year autocratic rule. The Libyan government says Gadhafi survived a NATO airstrike last month.
Libyan officials said Thursday's NATO attacks killed at least three people. There was no independent confirmation of the casualties. Libyan state media also said a recent NATO airstrike in Tripoli damaged the city's North Korean embassy. The alliance said it could not verify that claim.
Libyan state television had showed footage of what it said was Gadhafi meeting tribal leaders Wednesday at a Tripoli hotel. He had not been seen in public since the April 30 NATO airstrike that the government says killed his youngest son and three grandchildren.
In another development, the World Food Program said Thursday fighting between rebels and pro-Gadhafi forces in Libya's western mountains is preventing food supplies from reaching trapped civilians. The U.N. agency appealed for a cease-fire to enable aid workers to deliver aid to the region from the Tunisian border.
Meanwhile, Britain has invited the Libyan rebels' National Transition Council (NTC) based in the eastern city of Benghazi to open an office in London. Prime Minister David Cameron made the announcement Thursday after talks with the visiting head of the NTC, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil.
The White House said Thursday U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon will meet with a visiting NTC delegation led by Mahmoud Gibril on Friday. It says the visit is Gibril's first to Washington as president of the NTC's executive bureau.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.
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