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Libya: Air Strike Destroys Qaddafi Compound Building


(RFE/RL) — A NATO air strike in Tripoli has destroyed a building inside a compound of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

A press official with the Qaddafi government said 45 people were wounded in the strike and that others were missing. The claim could not be independently verified.

The official called the strike an attempt on Qaddafi’s life.

Qaddafi’s compound has been struck before, but analysts say NATO forces now seem to be striking Tripoli more in recent days.

A target nearby, which the government called a car park but which appeared to cover a bunker, was hit two days ago.

Political Map of Libya
Political Map of Libya

The United States, Britain, and France say they will not stop their air campaign over Libya until Qaddafi leaves power.

Elsewhere, Qaddafi forces have bombarded Misurata, a day after government troops pulled back from the western Libyan city.

Hundreds have been killed in the fighting for Misurata.

Rebels in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi said they had no expectations of an early end to fighting in Misurata.

Rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said in Kuwait that the Gulf state will provide the rebel council with about $177 million to help pay workers in the east of the country under its control.

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