Libyan fighters set to seize border town
Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:48PM
Libyan revolutionary forces
Libyan revolutionary forces have entered the western town of Ghadames near the border with Algeria which is hosting the wife and some family members of Muammar Gaddafi, Press TV reported.
Residents of the town, a Gaddafi stronghold, are reportedly fleeing to the Algerian side of the border.
Algeria's UN envoy Mourad Benmehidi on Tuesday defended his country's decision to grant refuge to the wife and three children of the Libyan fugitive ruler, calling the move “the holy rule of hospitality.”
Earlier Tuesday, Libya's Transitional National Council (TNC) demanded the extradition of the Gaddafi's family members, saying Algeria's measure was an "act of aggression against the Libyan people."
Gaddafi's wife and daughter as well as his sons Hannibal and Mohammed entered Algeria through the Algeria-Libya border on Monday, the Algerian foreign ministry said.
Meanwhile, the TNC chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil has set Saturday as the final deadline for pro-Gaddafi forces to disarm.
Abdel Jalil said on Tuesday that negotiations were underway with tribal elders to arrange the peaceful surrender of the areas still held by pro-Gaddafi remnants.
The head of the TNC added the Libyan council was open to "all initiatives that could lead to a peaceful solution," stating that he hoped "the use of force will not be necessary.”