Tripoli, April 25: NATO forces increased the intensity of fight against Libyan Muammar Gaddafi, as they flattened a building inside his Bab al-Aziziyah compound early on Monday. NATO forces reportedly used two missiles in the attack.
News agency Reuters quoted a press official, on condition of anonymity, saying at least 45 people were hurt in the incident, and 15 of them are seriously injured. However, he refused to share the identification of those injured.
By the time foreign journalist were brought to the location, firefighters were extinguishing flames of devastated building. According to BBC reporter, this was the same building which Gaddafi used to host a recent visit by African Union peace mission.
In press statement Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam said the Libyan government would not be cowed by such attacks. "I would like to say that it is possible this attack would scare young boys and girls. That's something, but we are not going to surrender or wave the white flag and we are not scared," he told Libyan state TV.
He further said, "You, NATO, are waging a losing battle because you are backed by traitors and spies. History has proved that no state can rely on them to win."
Meanwhile, Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss a peace plan with the African Union (AU). The possibility of any solution in near future looks a distant dream as both sides are adamant on their respective demands.
Rebel forces rejected the ceasefire announced by Libyan government saying that Gaddafi’s forces have continued and bombarded the western rebel bastion of Misrata again on Sunday. According to rebel spokesperson six people died in shelling on Monday including two children.
In move to support rebel forces, Kuwait had agreed to give $177 million to his rebel council.