Muammar Gaddafi‘s youngest son, Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, was killed by a NATO air strike on the house he and his family were living in. The air raid which took place around 8:00 p.m. local time. Muammar Gaddafi and his wife were in the house but were unharmed. Some others had minor injuries. Government spokesperson, Moussa Ibrahim, thinks their location was leaked and “they knew about him being there, or expected him for some reason.” Along with Gaddafi’s son, three of Gaddafi’s grandchildren were also killed. The Libyan leader previously lost an adopted daughter in a US air raid in 1986.
Ibrahim feels this air raid was an act to assassinate the Libyan leader. Is so, this would be a violation of international law with no legal action. The building was hit by three missiles and was partially destroyed. Portions of the house were caved in and some destroyed completely. Only two of the missiles exploded. The last one remained on the floor intact.
Large groups of Libyans began protesting in the streets after the air strike. They protested against NATO’s attack against civilians especially since the UN Council imposed a no-fly zone over Libya to protect its civilians. Before the air raid, Gaddafi seemed to want a truce and called for a cease-fire agreement. He asked for NATO to cease the attacks and called for negotiations to take place. “Between Libyans, we can solve our problems without being attacked, so pull back your fleets and your planes,” he said to NATO.