Gaddafi forces have killed over 12,000 innocent people and have displaced well over 600,000. The number of those injured or detained by his forces is unknown. The NTC observed that such losses appear to be of no interest to Gaddafi, who is prepared to put even his family in harm’s way by keeping them in locations designated as legitimate military targets. Vice Chairman Mr. Abdul Hafeedh Ghoga commented:
“What type of person who calls himself a ruler, aware of the horrific suffering of so many innocent citizens, refuses to step down for the good of the people. What type of father is prepared to use even his sons and grandchildren as human shields? It is clear that Gaddafi either holds the whole world in contempt or is mentally unstable.”
The NTC refused to speculate on whether Saif al-Arab has really died. However, if this is a ruse by the Gaddafi regime, it would not be the first time. Past experience has taught Libyans that every claim Gaddafi makes should be the object of independently verified investigation.