Gaddafi son denies airstrikes reports
Benghazi - Muammar Gaddafi’s son denies the government launched airstrikes against Libyan cities and claims reports of the number of protesters killed have been exaggerated.
Thursday's comments by Seif al-Islam Gaddafi come as the Libyan government fights to maintain control after several other major Libyan cities and towns in the east and close to the capital have fallen to the rebellion against the longtime leader.
Seif al-Islam Gaddafi insists the death toll from Libyan security forces has been limited.
Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said estimates of some 1 000 people killed in the violence in Libya were "credible", although he stressed the information was incomplete.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch has put the death toll at nearly 300.