Attack on Gaddafi's compound
Published 29/05/2011 | 05:00
NATO warplanes struck Col Muammar Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli yesterday, as the new rebel administration warned it was fast running out of money because countries that promised financial aid have not come through.
Ali Tarhouni, the rebel finance minister, complained that many countries that pledged aid had instead sent a string of businessmen looking for contracts from the oil-rich country.
Meanwhile, an alliance spokesman said Nato fighter jets struck Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli in the early hours of yesterday. He said the Libyan leader was not a target and there was no way to know if he was there at the time of the attack.
Yesterday's airstrike came after leaders at a summit of the Group of Eight world powers reiterated that Gaddafi had to leave power.
Russia, a leading critic of the Nato bombing campaign and onetime Gaddafi ally, offered to mediate a deal for the Libyan leader to leave the country.