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Libyan Crowds Mourn Gadhafi's Son as Battles Continue


In this photo made on a government organized tour, supporters carry a poster of Libyab army colonel who was killed in NATO attack in April, during funeral ceremony for members Gadhafi family in Tripoli, Libya, May 2, 2011.

In this photo made on a government organized tour, supporters carry a poster of Libyab army colonel who was killed in NATO attack in April, during funeral ceremony for members Gadhafi family in Tripoli, Libya, May 2, 2011.

Libyan crowds on Monday mourned at the funeral of leader Moammar Gadhafi's son, while pro-government forces launched new attacks on the western city of Misrata.

Crowds gathered in the capital, Tripoli, chanting support for Gadhafi, whose son and three grandchildren were killed over the weekend, allegedly in a NATO air strike.

Hundreds, some carrying flags and pictures of Gadhafi, watched as the body of Seif al-Arab Gadhafi was taken from an ambulance and carried to the Al-Hani cemetery.

Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the 29-year-old Gadhafi and three of his children were killed late Saturday in what Ibrahim called a direct attempt to assassinate the Libyan leader in a missile strike. The deaths have not been independently confirmed.

On Sunday, the Italian and British embassies in Tripoli were attacked in apparent retaliation.

On Monday, Turkey said it was evacuating staff from its embassy following Sunday's attacks. It was one of the few embassies kept open.

Most western countries had closed their Tripoli embassies and evacuated their staffs before the NATO military intervention began several weeks ago.

Meanwhile, pro-government tanks launched shells on the besieged city of Misrata, continuing attacks on the city's battered port area.

The rocket and shellfire for a third day at the port is preventing international aid ships from reaching the city that is controlled by rebels but surrounded by government forces.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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