Gaddafi and family still in Tripoli: Seif al-Islam

Seif also said that the regime had deliberately not tried to prevent rebels from entering Tripoli.

Updated: Aug 23, 2011, 21:51 PM IST

Tripoli: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
and his family are still in Tripoli, where his troops were
engaged in fierce fighting with rebels outside his compound
on Tuesday, his son Seif al-Islam said.

"Gaddafi and the entire family are in Tripoli," Seif
told reporters at the Rixos hotel in the capital where many
foreign journalists are housed.

He declined to give the precise location of the
embattled strongman but his comments mark the first indication
by the family of his whereabouts since rebel forces surged
into the capital on Sunday.

Seif also said that the regime`s forces had
deliberately not tried to prevent the rebels from entering the
capital.

"Allowing the rebels to enter Tripoli was a trick," he
said, without elaborating.

NATO, meanwhile, said Gaddafi was "not a target" for
the military alliance.

"NATO does not target individuals," said Operation
Unified Protector spokesman, Colonel Roland Lavoie.

"Gaddafi does not constitute a target," he told
reporters in Brussels via video-conference from the mission`s
Naples headquarters.

PTI