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December 1, 2021

Libyan’s leader son buried in Tripoli

Turkish PM urges Gaddafi to step down.

TRIPOLI – The funeral of the youngest son of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has taken place in the capital, Tripoli, the BBC informs. Libya says Saif al-Arab, 29, and three of Col Gaddafi’s grandchildren died on Saturday when NATO missiles hit his villa in the leader’s compound. His funeral was attended by several thousand people as NATO planes circled in the skies above. Col Gaddafi did not attend Saif al-Arab’s funeral but two other sons, Saif al-Islam and Mohammed, dressed in traditional Libyan garb, both paid their respects at the ceremony.

The villa in Col Gaddafi’s compound was severely damaged in the strike. Libyan officials said Col Gaddafi and his wife were in his Bab al-Aziziya compound at the time of the attack, overnight on Saturday, but escaped unharmed. NATO officials have acknowledged that there had been a strike in Tripoli late on Saturday. Meanwhile, forces loyal to Col Gaddafi were reported to have shelled the rebel-held town of Zintan late on Monday evening. A rebel spokesman said that at least 10 Grad rockets landed on the town.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that in his harshest comments to date on the situation in Libya, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, a key regional power broker, told reporters in Istanbul on Tuesday that Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi must “immediately step down”. Erdogan appeared to draw a line, telling a news conference that Colonel Gaddafi had violently resisted calls for change and must leave power for the good of the country and the Libyan people.

His strong words came a day after Turkey closed its embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, apparently worried about the angry crowds that had attacked the missions of countries from the NATO alliance, of which Turkey is a member.

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