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Gadhafi’s son reappears, incites more fighting

by Kelly MacNeil on August 23, 2011

The ongoing saga of the Libyan rebellion took a surprising new twist on Tuesday when Moammar Gadahfi's son, Seif al-Islam, reappeared at a hotel in the capital city of Tripoli. Rebel forces have said they are surprised and confused as to how Seif al-Islam escaped, as he was being held by opposition fighters, according to The Associated Press.

In the past few weeks, it has appeared as though Gadhafi's power was slipping. Rebels stated that they had claimed the majority of the city of Tripoli, which had been the long-time leader's stronghold. The fact that Gadhafi is on the run is one of the largest roadblocks for rebel fighters.

However, danger still looms in Tripoli. Supporters of Gadahfi may be located just outside the city, which means that fighting in the capital could escalate beyond where it is now. Even still, the city that is home to 2 million Libyans has been rocked by blasts and gunfire from rebel fighters, NATO forces and supporters of the current leader.

Seif al-Islam showed up at the hotel early Tuesday morning wearing camouflage pants. The hotel, Rixos, is also currently holding around 30 foreign journalists who are covering the news developing in Libya. He arrived in a white limousine accompanied by guards in armored SUVs, and even managed to take some of the journalists on a ride through areas of the city that are still under his father's control, according to the news source.

Despite his new-found freedom, many nations have spoken out against Seif al-Islam and his father. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, International Criminal Court prosecutor, who originally announced that Seif al-Islam had been detained, told the AFP that he hopes the 39-year-old son of Gadahfi will soon be transferred to the Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity.

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