Algiers: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's wife
Safia, daughter Aisha, and sons Hannibal and Mohammed arrived in
Algeria Monday, state media reported.
The government has informed the UN and Libyan rebel authorities
about their arrival, the official Algeria Press Service (APS)
Gaddafi's family members, including his grandchildren, entered the
country around 8.30 a.m. via the Tinalcom border crossing in
Algerian authorities allowed his relatives to enter the country on
humanitarian grounds, Xinhua reported quoting the Arabic daily
The Libyan convoy comprising seven cars with 31 people on board
waited for 12 hours at the crossing before being authorized to
enter Algeria, the paper said.
The health condition of Aisha Gaddafi, who is pregnant in her 9th
month, prompted Algeria to let in the convoy, it noted.
Meanwhile, Gaddafi and two of his other sons are reportedly in
hiding in the town of Bani Walis south of Tripoli, the Italian
news agency ANSA said Monday, citing "authoritative Libyan
Abessalam Jalloud, a former Libyan prime minister who defected to
Italy last week, said Gaddafi could be hiding south of Tripoli,
according to alarabia.net.
"There are two possibilities: either he is hiding south of Tripoli
or he left some time ago," Jalloud told reporters.
The leader of the rebel National Transitional Council, Mustafa
Abdel Jalil, Monday cautioned against a let-up in international
action against Gaddafi, saying he "still poses a danger, not only
for Libya but for the world".
"That is why we are calling for the coalition to continue its
support," the alarabia.net quoted Abdel Jalil as saying in Doha at
a meeting of chiefs of staff of countries militarily involved in
Italy is Libya's former colonial ruler and enjoyed close
diplomatic and economic ties with Col. Gaddafi's regime before the
start of a popular uprising this year. It has since joined the
international coalition against Gaddafi's regime.