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Libya says Gadhafi survives NATO missile strike

Injured Libyan youth Abdul Salam, 10, who suffers shrapnel wounds caused by the shelling of his house by pro-Gadhfi forces that left three of his relatives killed including his younger brother Abdul Nour, 9, unseen, waits to be evacuated into an ambulance on board the Albanian ferry Red Star 1 that evacuated injuries and refugees fleeing the battered city of Misrata, after docking at the port of Benghazi, Libya Thursday, April 28, 2011. A doctor in a besieged Libyan city says a NATO airstrike the previous day killed 12 rebels. Injured Libyan youth Abdul Salam, 10, who suffers shrapnel wounds caused by the shelling of his house by pro-Gadhfi forces that left three of his relatives killed including his younger brother Abdul Nour, 9, unseen, waits to be evacuated into an ambulance on board the Albanian ferry Red Star 1 that evacuated injuries and refugees fleeing the battered city of Misrata, after docking at the port of Benghazi, Libya Thursday, April 28, 2011. A doctor in a besieged Libyan city says a NATO airstrike the previous day killed 12 rebels. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
By Karin Laub and Ben Hubbard
Associated Press / April 30, 2011

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TRIPOLI, Libya—Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi survived a NATO missile strike Saturday that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren and wounded friends and relatives, Libya's spokesman said.

Gadhafi and his wife were in the Tripoli house of his 29-year-old son, Saif al-Arab Gadhafi, when it was hit by at least one missile fired by a NATO warplane, according to Libyan spokesman Moussa Ibrahim.

"The leader himself is in good health," Ibrahim said. "He was not harmed. The wife is also in good health."

"The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Saif al-Arab Gadhafi, 29 years old, and three of the leader's grandchildren," Ibrahim said. He described Saif as a student.

The one-story house in a Tripoli residential neighborhood was heavily damaged.

Saif al-Arab Gadhafi was the sixth son of Gadhafi. He had spent much of his time in Germany in recent years.

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