Tripoli, May 12 (Prensa Latina) NATO aircraft bombed the Libyan capital on Thursday shortly after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi reappeared on television in a meeting with tribal chiefs, and after rebels demanded more military attacks.
The attacks by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) took place early today against the Bab Al-Aziziyah complex, Gaddafiâ�Ös residence, but hit neighboring buildings, including a hotel accommodating journalists.
While NATO claims it has no individual targets or intentions of killing Gaddafi, doctors from the Khadra hospital said they treated two civilians who died from the bombing, according to a Al Jamahiriya state television report.
Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi condemned the “catastrophic consequences” of the Western attacks and attempts to divide the country, referring to European and some Arab nations who support the Libyan opposition forces represented by the National Transition Council.
Smoke columns, broken glass, ambulances and fire trucks traveling at high speed with sirens blaring all created a sense of panic among residents in Tripoli, where sporadic gunfire could be heard.
The recent attack took place after television broadcast footage of Gaddafi in a meeting with tribal chiefs from the capital, an apparent attempt to counteract the Tuesday meeting on in Qatar of 23 representatives of local councils.
The footage was recorded on Wednesday, the first depicting Gaddafi since a NATO bombing killed his son and three grandchildren at their home.
The Quatar-based network Al Jazeera reported that opposition forces took control of the Misratah airport and an adjoining military air base thanks to support from systematic NATO attacks on the positions of army forces loyal to Tripoli.
Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim refuted the report, however, saying it made no sense because government forces controlled the airport and the seaport of Misratah.
Ibrahim also denied that the opposition had advanced in Zlitan in the west and Ajdabiya in the east.