Libya’s interim leader gave forces loyal to deposed ruler Muammar Gaddafi a four-day deadline yesterday to surrender or face a bloody end to a war that the new leadership said has killed 50,000 people.
As the hunt for Gaddafi himself goes on, Libyan officials accused Algeria of an act of aggression for giving refuge to his fleeing wife and three of his children, as well as, it turned out, to a new granddaughter, born yesterday.
“By Saturday, if there are no peaceful indications for implementing this, we will decide this matter militarily,” said Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of Libya’s interim council.
Gaddafi’s whereabouts have been unknown since his foes seized his Tripoli compound on Aug. 23, ending his 42-year rule after a six-month revolt backed by NATO.
An spokesman for the anti-Gaddafi National Transitional Council said it would seek to extradite Gaddafi’s relatives from Algeria.