According to a report by Xinhua a Venezuelan plane has landed on the island of Djerba (Tunisia) to evacuate members of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's family, This was announced by Tunisian radio but from a rebel source in Benghazi..
The correspondent quotes the source as saying that Gaddafi's family members would soon leave Tunisia for the Venezuelan capital Caracas, adding that "it was the beginning of the end of Gaddafi's rule." There was no explanation of how the Gadaffi's would get to Tunisia..
These reports of course are unverified and no doubt part of a propaganda campaign to encourage Gadaffi loyalists to abandon ship. The source said that this is the beginning of the end of Gadaffi's rule. Of course most thought it would end months ago. But it has taken months of NATO bombing that no doubt saves thousands of LIbyans! It may take a further bloodbath as well since as the rebels smell victory there will be no peace negotiations.
The source also said that it was highly likely that Gaddafi himself is no longer in the Libyan capital Tripoli, following overnight NATO strikes against his residential compound. Who knows where he is. He has vowed to stay in Libya. But as with politicians democratic or dictatorial their words and deeds often differ.
It is interesting that this report is in Xinhua. Perhaps the Chinese are now going to pander to the rebels given they look to be the victors and in control of oil resources.