Libya accuses Nato of deliberately trying to liquidate Muammar Gaddafi
Danish F-16 fighter jets were behind the air raid on Tripoli that on Sunday killed Muammar Gaddafi’s son, according to The Guardian.
The article reads: “The attack, which according to a diplomatic source was carried out by Danish pilots – most likely in an F-16 bomber – pierced through Gaddafi’s home around 8pm on Saturday night.”
Danish military officials, however, are neither confirming nor denying the claim.
“We do not comment in detail about the individual operations,” Thorbjørn Forsberg, of the Tactical Air Command, told Politiken newspaper.
Muammar Gaddafi was also in the house together with his wife and several other family members at the time of the attack.
In addition to Gaddafi’s son, three of the strongman’s grandchildren were reportedly killed in the raid. All three were, according to The Guardian, under 12.
Libya has described the raid as illegitimate and has accused Nato of directly trying to liquidate the country’s leader.
Nato officials have been quick to deny allegations that the attack was directed at individuals. They said the sole purpose of the raid was to attack the military command structure.
British PM David Cameron has also defended the attack, arguing that the UN resolution allows attacks against “the leadership and control” of the Libyan regime.
The goal of the operation was to prevent “losses of civilian lives by attacking Gaddafi’s war machine,” Cameron told the BBC.
The Guardian reports that the death of the three grandchildren, if confirmed, would lead to increased criticism from within Nato that the mission has overstepped the mandate of the UN Security Council’s authorising the use of force.
Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, who is known to be a strong supporter Gaddafi, said in a statement from the capital Caracas: “There is no doubt that orders were given to kill Gaddafi. Who was killed does not matter. This was murder.”