Gaddafi Family Flees to Algeria
Muammar Gaddafi's Wife, Children Confirmed in Algeria
The Algerian government confirmed that Muammar Gaddafi's wife, Safiya, has entered Algeria, along with daughter Aisha and sons Hannibal and Mohammed, who have in turn brought their own children. It is not clear whether or not Muammar Gaddafi himself also made it to Algeria, or if he is still in Libya.
The National Transitional Council (NTC) has vowed to extradite Muammar Gaddafi and his relatives should they flee Libya, but that will be an uphill battle: Algeria does not recognize the NTC as Libya's government: this is mainly because the Algerian government has been crushing reform-minded dissent within its own borders.
Algeria shares Libya's western border, and is just south of Tunisia. The Algerian government lifted its own 19-year-old "state of emergency" in February 2011, in order to avoid the Gaddafi's fate.
Their fate remains unclear. Rebels have said that if any Gaddafi relatives escape to Algeria they will seek their extradition. But the outcome of such a move would be uncertain.