Oman denies receiving Qaddafi’s family members

Qaddafi’s wife Safia and two sons, Hannibal and Mohammed, along with daughter Aisha sought refuge in Algeria after the fall of Tripoli in August 2011 to rebels battling the veteran leader’s loyalists. (Al Arabiya)

 The embassy of Oman in Libya denied Monday that the family members of Muammar Qaddafi who had taken refuge in Algeria during the revolution have moved to the Gulf sultanate, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported.

Libya’s foreign minister earlier told reporters in Doha that “some of the family has moved to Oman.”

Mohammed Abdelaziz said an official statement by the three countries involved, Libya, Algeria and Oman, would be issued soon.

Omani local daily al-Shabiba also said on Monday that some members of Qaddafi family have been in Oman since October.

It cited a foreign ministry official saying that the Gulf state did not want to “show off” with an action prompted by “humanitarian” motives.

But Anadolu news agency quoted the media center of Oman’s embassy in Tripoli as denying the reports, adding that there are no contacts with the Libyan authorities on the issue.

Qaddafi’s wife Safia and two sons, Hannibal and Mohammed, along with daughter Aisha sought refuge in Algeria after the fall of Tripoli in August 2011 to rebels battling the veteran leader’s loyalists.

Another son, Saadi, fled to Niger in September that year.

Three of Qaddafi’s sons, Mutassim, Seif al-Arab and Khamis, were killed during the conflict in separate incidents.

The dictator’s most prominent son Seif al-Islam, who was once touted as a potential successor, was arrested in November 2011 and is awaiting trial.

Qaddafi himself was killed in his hometown of Sirte in October 2011.

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