As Libyan forces continue their campaign to bring the remaining pro-Gaddafi strongholds under their control it has emerged the ousted leader may be hiding close to the Algerian border.
His hometown of Sirte is now completely surrounded and subject to regular bombardment.
A senior National Transitional Council said one of Gaddafi’s sons, Mutasseam, is in Sirte, and that he may possibly be hoping to find refuge in Niger. However with the city encircled escape seems unlikely.
The NTC believes Gaddafi is now being sheltered by Toureg tribes near the western city of Ghadamis. The man leading the hunt said he had been seen in another southern town last week.
The noose may be tightening but Gaddafi’s hardcore supporters remaining defiant.
Images broadcast by Syrian TV, purported to show his son, Saif al-Islam, rallying his troops. The video could not be verified but the NTC believe he is in Bani Walid. His words, urging supporters to continue the fight undermine hopes of a negotiated surrender, by either him or his father.