Libya regime targets British embassy after Gaddafi ‘assassination’ attempt

May 2nd, 2011 - 12:16 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 2 (ANI): Libyan forces set alight the British embassy in Tripoli, and also targeted other Western buildings after NATO airstrikes were carried out to assassinate Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The Libyan regime has confirmed that the dictator’s youngest son, Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, and three of his grandchildren, were killed by an airstrike on a house in Tripoli late on Saturday night, The Telegraph reports.

According to reports, Gaddafi himself was present in the building at that time, but managed to escape.

Gaddafi’s spokesman described the strike as “a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country.”

NATO denied targeting the Libyan leader personally, but confirmed an attack on a “military target” in a “known command-and-control building” in the capital.

The airstrike led to violence in Tripoli, with reports quoting the British Foreign Office as saying that both the British embassy and the ambassador’s residence had suffered “severe” damage after it was set alight. Cars nearby were also burned.

British diplomats believe the attacks were orchestrated by the Libyan regime, and in reply, Foreign Secretary William Hague expelled Libya’s ambassador to London.

Omar Jelban was reportedly given 24 hours to leave the country because Libya had failed to uphold its Vienna Convention obligations to protect diplomatic missions.

“The regime has once again breached its international responsibilities and obligations. The attacks against diplomatic missions will not weaken our resolve to protect the civilian population in Libya,” Hague said. (ANI)

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