Report: Qaddafi wife, daughter flee to Tunisia

Aisha Qaddafi, daughter of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, addresses people gathering at the Bab Al Azizia compound in Tripoli in this April 15, 2011 file photo. AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito

The wife and daughter of embattled Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi have fled to Tunisia, Reuters is reporting.

The women crossed the border into Tunisia several days ago, the news agency reports, citing a Tunisian security official.

The wife, Safia, and his daughter, Aisha, came to Tunisia with a Libyan delegation, the source said.

A deputy foreign minister speaking to a Sky News journalist denied the story, however.

Local Tunisian radio reports that they are staying in the resort area of Djerba, just across the Libya-Tunisia border, a place defectors from the Libyan government have used as a refuge.

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Muammar Qaddafi has been fighting a rebel uprising since February, unleashing Libya's military might on civilian areas and prompting an ongoing, NATO-led intervention.

A month ago, Aisha Qaddafi, who is seen as closely allied with her father, led a rally in downtown Tripoli in which she condemned the Western assault.

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