WASHINGTON — Moamer Kadhafi's wife, Sofia, on Friday slammed the airstrikes that killed her son and accused NATO forces of "committing war crimes" with its strikes against the Libya regime.
"I was not there. But I wished that I was so I may die with him," Sofia Kadhafi told CNN in a telephone interview, describing the death of her son Seif al-Arab from a NATO air strike.
"My son never missed an evening prayer. We had strikes every day, and the strikes would start at evening prayer. Four rockets on one house!" she said in the rare interview.
International forces, which have been attacking Kadhafi forces under the terms of a UN resolution to protect civilians, "are looking for excuses to target Moamer. What has he done to deserve this?" asked Sofia.
Asked whether she thinks she had been personally targeted, she replied: "My children are civilians and they have been targeted. What do they have to do with this?"
NATO, she said, is "committing war crimes" in the north Africa country.
"They killed my son and the Libyan people. They are defaming our reputation, she said.
"Forty countries are against us. Life has no value anymore," she lamented, in the wake of her son's death.
"What would I want with life now? All I want out of life now is that the truth be heard. By the will of God, we will be victorious. We will live or die alongside the Libyan people. In the end, history will judge us."
Doubts have been raised in recent days of the veracity of reports on Seif al-Arab, Kadhafi's youngest son, being dead.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday pointed out that the international coalition had no information on his demise, and said the report from a Libyan government spokesman was "propaganda."
The Libyan regime claimed on May 1 that a NATO raid killed Kadhafi's youngest son and three grandchildren but that the strongman escaped unhurt in what it called a deliberate assassination attempt.
NATO said at the time that it had staged air strikes in Tripoli but did not confirm the regime claims.
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