South Africa’s President has arrived in Tripoli for talks with Libya’s leader on ending the violence.
Jacob Zuma was given the full red carpet treatment at the city’s airport but there was no sign of Muammar Gaddafi, only Libya’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. According to Libyan authorities, Zuma visited Gaddafi’s house where officials claim his son was killed by a Nato bombing raid.
Coalition warplanes have been raisng the pace of their air strikes on the capital with Gaddafi’s Bab-al-Aziziyah compound in the centre of the ciy being hit repeatedly.
Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: “In just two months, we have made significant progress. Gaddafi’s reign of terror is coming to an end. He is increasingly isolated at home and abroad.”
Gaddafi denies attacking civilians, claiming his forces are obliged to act to contain armed criminal gangs and al Qaeda militants.