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Libya - Aug 5, 2011 - 16:10

Last modified: 5 Aug 2011 13:10

A senior Libyan government official has denied rebel reports that Muammar Gaddafi's youngest son was killed in a NATO airstrike on the western town of Zlitan.

Khaled Kaim, Libya's deputy foreign minister says Khamis Gaddafi is alive and spoke to Libyan government officials to confirm his well-being.

Rebels in the eastern opposition stronghold of Benghazi have said that Khamis was among 33 troops killed in a NATO strike early Friday on a government operations center in Zlitan.

NATO says there was bombing around Zlitan on Thursday.

An alliance spokesperson in Brussels said Friday that NATO could not confirm the report of Khamis' death.

Zlitan is 140km southeast of Tripoli. Khamis runs Libya's 32nd Brigade, which has been fighting the rebels in Zlitan.