Explosions Near Qaddafi Compound

Six explosions and clouds of smoke near Qaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound before dawn.

Gil Ronen, | updated: 17:41

Tripoli
Tripoli
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Smoke rose from the area of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi’s Bab al-Azizyah compound in Tripoli on Thursday. 

There was no official comment from either the Libyan government or NATO on the explosions, which are assumed to be NATO air strikes. The fortified compound has been hit by several NATO air strikes in recent months. The alliance began targeting Tripoli on March 21, and British Defense Secretary Liam Fox has said Qaddafi is a legitimate target
 
A strike several weeks later reportedly killed one of Qaddafi's sons and three grandsons.
 
Russian envoy Mikhail Margelov is in Libya trying to mediate in the conflict. He has already met rebel representatives in Benghazi and was expected to meet government officials in Tripoli Thursday.
 
France, Britain and the US are demanding that Qaddafi step down from the leadership of Libya, but Qaddafi adamantly refuses. Margelov indicated he may have an intermediate solution.
 
"There is a possible option where Qaddafi continues living in Libya as a private individual with his people and his tribe but relinquishes power and his family stays away from taking economic decisions," Margelov was reported as saying on Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency.



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