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Libya: Gaddafi wife, sons, and grandchildren in Algeria

last update: August 30, 10:21

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Tripoli, 30 August (AKI) - Muammar Gaddafi's wife and some other family members arrived in Algeria after they were allowed entrance on "humanitarian grounds," according to Algerian diplomats.

Algerian ambassador to the United Nations Mourad Benmehidi on Monday told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon that Gaddaffi's wife Safia, daughter Aisha, sons Muhammad and Hannibal as well as their children were allowed to enter Algeria ''on humanitarian grounds."

Benmehidi said the Gaddafi's were not the target of UN sanctions even though the February UN resolution issuing sanctions explicitly names all three of Gaddafi's children as being subject to a travel ban.

Thirty-one members of the Gaddafi family and some associates, including 27 grandchildren and assistants escaped to Algeria, in a convoy of seven vehicles, according to the website of Algerian newspaper Echorouk. They waited for 12 hours at the border before being granted permission to cross into Algeria, the report said.

Separately, a rebel commander has reported that Gaddafi son Khamis was killed during a battle Sunday night.

A senior commander in the Libyan military, was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries, according to Mahdi al-Harati, the vice chairman of the rebels' Military Council, the military wing of the rebel's National Transitional Council.

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