[UPDATE] 5-1 8:00 PM --
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Angry mobs have set fire to the Italian
and British embassies in Tripoli, hours after a NATO missile strike
that Libya says killed one of Moammar Gadhafi's sons and three of
his grandchildren, ages six months to two years.
Britain responded to the attack on its embassy complex by
announcing that it's expelling the Libyan ambassador to London. The
unrest has also prompted the United Nations to pull its
international staff out of Tripoli.
Libya has denounced NATO's attack on the Gadhafi family compound
as an assassination attempt and a violation of international law.
And Russia says the Western alliance has exceeded its U.N. mandate
of protecting Libyan civilians with the strike.
The alliance insists its targets are military in nature and
linked to Gadhafi's systematic attacks on the civilian population.
Meanwhile, Gadhafi's forces have stepped up shelling of the
besieged western city, pounding Misrata's port, which has been the
rebel-held city's only lifeline. Heavy shelling elsewhere in the
city left 12 people dead and raised the two-day death toll to 29.
[UPDATE] 5-1 6:00 PM --
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is condemning attacks on
embassies in Libya, a day after a NATO missile strike killed one of the sons of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner says the Gadhafi regime has "once again breached its international responsibilities and obligations" by failing to protect diplomatic missions in Tripoli, the Libyan capital.
Vandals attacked the Italian and British embassies in the Libyan capital Sunday, prompting the United Nations to pull its international staff out of Tripoli. Britain responded by announcing that it was expelling the Libyan ambassador to London.
Gadhafi's son Seif al-Arab was reportedly killed Saturday by a NATO strike on the Gadhafi compound in Tripoli. Libyan officials denounced the strike as an assassination attempt and a violation of international law.
[UPDATE] 4-30 10:00 PM --
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libya says neither Moammar Gadhafi nor his
wife was hurt by a NATO missile that hit the home of their youngest
son, killing the son and three grandchildren.
A government spokesman says it happened in a residential
neighborhood of Tripoli. Journalists who were taken to the walled
complex saw heavy bomb damage.
Seif al-Arab Gadhafi was said to be 29, and had spent much of
his time in Germany in recent years. The government says he was
"playing and talking with his father and mother and his nieces and
nephews and other visitors" at the time of the attack.
NATO says it struck a Libyan government building but can't
confirm Gadhafi's son killed.
The reported airstrike came just hours after Gadhafi called for
a mutual cease-fire and negotiations with NATO. A NATO official
says Libya has "announced cease-fires several times before and
continued attacking cities and civilians."
[UPDATE] 4-30 8:30 PM --
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi survived a NATO missile strike Saturday that killed one of his sons and three grandchildren and wounded friends and relatives, Libya's spokesman
Gadhafi and his wife were in the Tripoli house of his 29-year-old son, Saif al-Arab Gadhafi, when it was hit by at least one missile fired by a NATO warplane, according to Libyan spokesman Moussa Ibrahim.
"The leader himself is in good health," Ibrahim said. "He was not harmed. The wife is also in good health."
The one-story house in a Tripoli residential neighborhood was heavily damaged.
Saif al-Arab Gadhafi is the sixth son of Gadhafi. He has spent much of his time in Germany in recent years.
NATO air strikes pound Muammar Qaddafi's residence in Tripoli.
A spokesman says Qaddafi is "fine."
Just hours after the damage was done to his compound, the Libyan leader appeared on state TV, entertaining some guests.
The dictator calls the bombing an "assassination attempt."
The US and NATO say the Qaddafi compound is a military command center, and a legitimate target. But say they aren't trying to kill Qaddafi."It is certainly not the policy of the coalition or of this administration to decapitate or affect regime change in Libya by force," says Jay Carney, a White House spokesman.
Meanwhile, fierce fighting continues in Misurata.
Forces loyal to Qaddafi say they're leaving the rebel city.
But the rebels say Al-Qaddafi's men are still firing from inside shot-up buildings.
Dozens were killed in the city over the weekend. Many more were hurt.
This hospital took heavy fire from mortar shells, wounding the patients inside."My daughter was sitting on a chair near the window then suddenly the breaking glass fell on me. We ran out of here," says Rokaya Obide who is a patient.
Rebel forces say they're badly outgunned. So they're trying to do something about it. They are harvesting weapons including broken down anti-aircraft guns and trying to repair them. "These weapons are the spoils of war that we have taken from Qaddafi's forces," says Ali Ammari, a rebel soldier.