France 24: Gaddafi's fleeing daughter "heavily pregnant"
Moamer Gaddafi's daughter Aicha, who has arrived in Algeria with the Libyan strongman's wife Safia, two of his sons Mohamed and Hannibal and other members of his inner circle, is heavily pregnant, France 24 broadcaster reported Monday.
Quoting Algerian government sources, France 24 reported Gaddafi's daughter was in the final stages of her pregnancy - a factor that weighed on the decision of Algerian authorities to admit the group, dpa quoted the report as saying.
On Monday, the Algerian foreign ministry in a statement confirmed the arrival of the Gaddafi family members, which it said happened Monday morning, and said that Libya's Transitional National Council and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had been informed.
France 24 said the family member's arrival in Algeria, which has testy relations with the TNC, was the result of a "broad dialogue" and that NATO members and the rebel Transitional National Council had been aware of the discussions.
The group, which is believed to number around 30 people and includes some of Gaddafi's grandchildren, arrived through Tin Alkoum border crossing in Illizi district, according to France 24.
On Saturday, Egypt's state MENA news agency reported that six armoured Mercedes, rumoured to be carrying Gaddafi family members, had crossed from Libya into Algeria.
Algiers, whom the TNC has accused previously of siding with Gaddafi in the six-month insurrection, had vehemently denied the report.
The Libyan transitional government criticized Algeria for taking in the family members. "This is an act of aggression against the Libyan people and its hopes," information minister Mohammed Schammam told broadcaster Al Jazeera.