Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s wife Safiya and his daughter Aisha have fled to Tunisia, Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday , citing a source in Tunisia’s defence ministry.
According to the sources, Safiya and Aisha crossed the Libyan-Tunisian border a few days ago and are currently at a refugee centre on the island of Djerba. The revolt in Libya against Gaddafi’s 41-year rule, which began in mid-February , has already claimed thousands of lives, with Gaddafi’s troops maintaining their combat capabilities despite Nato air strikes against them.
The air strike on a wealthy residential area in Tripoli a week ago killed Gaddafi’s youngest son and three of his grandchildren, as well as several friends and neighbours.
Meanwhile, Gaddafi’s forces intensified their campaign to take strategic heights in a western mountain range and targeted a road that many people have used to flee the fighting in Libya, forcing the temporary closure of a border crossing to Tunisia.
Much of the fighting centered around the town of Yafrin, and residents and rebel fighters said Wednesday that Gaddafi forces were using Grad missiles and rockets in their nearly monthlong siege. Residents , trapped in homes, were cut off from food and medical supplies, they said. Agencies