By Ria Novosti
One of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons died in a Tripoli hospital of suffering severe burn wounds, a German website reported on Monday.
Khamis, aged 32 and Gaddafi’s sixth son, was allegedly injured on Saturday when a Libyan Air Force pilot deliberately ploughed his jet into a compound in Tripoli where Gaddafi and some of his family were staying, the Deutsch-Tuerkische Nachrichten said.
The news comes as Western forces launched a second wave of air strikes on Gaddafi’s positions under a UN resolution authorizing military action to protect Libyan civilians.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday called the resolution “defective and flawed,” but it remains unclear why Russia, which opposed Western intervention in Libya from the start, did not use its power to veto the move.
Putin’s comments follow on news that Western forces launched a second round of missile strikes on forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi Sunday night.
According to VOA, the U.S. military says the bombardment of Tomahawk cruise missiles and air strikes has significantly degraded Gadhafi’s air defenses.
The U.S. has been carrying out the attacks with Britain, France and other allies to enforce a U.N.-authorized no-fly zone.
Relatedly, Foreign Ministers of the 27-member European Union are Monday Monday with the focus on Libya and the southern Mediterranean.
“The Foreign Affairs Council will focus on Libya and the wider neighbourhood,” EU High Representative Catherine Ashton told reporters ahead of the meeting.
She noted that the ministers will discuss support to UNSC resolution 1973 on Libya and “make sure that what we are doing is in support of that resolution.”
Includes content from KUNA and VOA