Archbishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli was invited together with the Diplomatic Corps, to attend the funeral of Colonel Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Arab yesterday.
Saif al-Arab, 29, one of Gaddafi's six sons, was killed by a NATO raid on his home in Tripoli, with his wife and three of Gaddafi`s grandsons: Saif, two, Cartago, three and Mastura four months. According to the Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim, Gadhafi was also in the house, however, he remained unharmed.
Archbishop Martinelli said: "Some say that Saif al-Arab is not dead. I can only report what I saw, that is to say a body completely bandaged, but the Libyan government has officially confirmed his death”.
He added: "Yesterday I went to see the house hit by four NATO missiles. The house was a home in the midst of other civilian houses. I think we are playing too much with the lives of civilians. I want to stress that in this raid children died, too. This makes it increasingly difficult for a peaceful solution, because it stirs up anger. Yesterday, as a result of this raid, people set fire to embassies. I repeat that bombs do not solve the problems. I wonder if we should suspend the bombing at least to respect the grief of family members”.
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