The Algerian foreign ministry has reported the family of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's has fled Libya to the safety of Algeria.
Gaddafi's wife Safia, his daughter Aisha, two of his sons, Hannibal and Mohammad, and their wives and children crossed the border on Monday to escape the fighting in Libya.
"Algeria’s Foreign Minister Amar Belan said his country has maintained a policy of “strict neutrality” with regard to Libya and respects the decision of every person under its sovereignty. The Algerian government said they have no plans to “interfere in any manner whatsoever in the internal affairs” of Libya," according to a report in the International Business Times.
National Transition Council chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil has called on the Algerian government to hand over any of Gaddafi's family members who are on their wanted list. The Algerian government has not recognized the NTC as the legitimate governing authority of Libya.
Gadhafi's children, who are now in hiding in Algeria, played key roles in Libya's government, according to the AP. "Hannibal headed the maritime transport company; Mohammed the national Olympic committee. Aisha, a lawyer, helped in the defense of toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the trial that led to his hanging."
Gaddafi's whereabouts are still unknown, but he is believed to be in hiding in Libya. The Libyan strongman has not been seen in public since rebels took control of Green Square in Tripoli more than a week ago, ending his 42-year reign of repression in Libya.
Rebel military spokesman Ahmed Bani told the Associated Press: "We hope that Gadhafi is still in Libya so we can rid the world of this insect. The only way to treat this pest is to make him accountable for the crimes in Libya."
The Algerian foreign ministry said they have notified United Nations Security Council and the National Transition Council of the arrival of six armoured Mercedes sedans carrying Gaddafi's family.
The report came as battles continue to rage outside of the city of Sirte, where the headquarters of Gaddafi's regime is located, and followed news reports of mass murders of detainees by members of Gaddafi's military forces.