What’s Become Of The Qaddafis?

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 21 2011 @ 11:56pm


by Chris Bodenner

Enduring America is trying to find out:

0046 GMT: According to people who heard the interview, Mohammad Qaddafi was speaking to Al Jazeera Arabic when gunfire and shouting broke out inside his home, where he is under house arrest after he willingly surrendered. He told AJA that he was "under attack," and that the gunfire was inside his home. The gunshots subsided, and Mohammed sounded as though he was in tears as he continued to speak but closed his phone call. According to a caller for Al Jazeera, Mohammed Qaddafi is safe, though he only has three people guarding him.

The Guardian has more:

2.32am: Confirmation through Reuters Flash on Twitter that Mohammed Gaddafi is unharmed. He was back in with Al-Jazeera via phone: "My family and I are safe. I don't know who fired on us."

3.41am: The earlier scenes of jubilation in Green Square appear to have dissipated. CNN's Sara Sidner, who entered Tripoli late on Sunday with rebel forces and made it briefly to Green Square, has pulled back to the outskirts of the city. She reports that rebel forces, earlier seen celebrating, feared Gaddafi's troops were planning an attempt to retake the square. The rebels' mood had changed and they were taking up defensive positions, she said.

The latest updates from Al Jazeera here. Another son, Saadi, has been captured by rebels. Little info on the whereabouts of Muammar. Mackey says the following tweet is from a "blogger named Ali Tweel, who lives close to the Qaddafi family compound of Bab al-Aziziya:

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The BBC's Matthew Price is reporting from the Rixos:

The overall picture in Tripoli is patchy. There are certainly large areas, where the opposition is in control. But some areas are still under government control. However, one of the most vivid signs of the collapse of the Gaddafi regime is that government employees have been slowly leaving our hotel – the place from where Libya's state TV has been broadcasting.

Mackey posts the above photo:

The blogger who writes as Pourmecoffee on Twitter suggests that this photograph of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Ali Abdullah Saleh, Muammar el-Qaddafi and Hosni Mubarak at a summit in the Libyan city of Surt in October 2010 should now be captioned: "No more smiles."