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Hana’s current whereabouts are unknown. Her mother, sister Aisha and two brothers fled to Algeria on Monday, with their spouses and children. She was not named among those who had left the country. Her father and brother Seif al-Islam, once the heir apparent to rule Libya, are believed to still be in Libya.
Dr. Gassem Baruni, head of the Tripoli Medical Center, said Hana worked for him as a surgeon before she disappeared last Friday.
“She was very tense and nervous as soon as the revolution started,” Dr. Baruni told the AP. “She told me not to treat the rebels, but I told her, ‘If we don’t treat everyone, it would be a crime.’”
The doctor said he used her influence to stock up the hospital with supplies and medicine, keeping the fact he was coordinating with rebels secret from her.
“I pretended that we needed the stuff to treat the Gadhafi troops,” Dr. Baruni said.
The British Council confirmed that someone named Hana Gadhafi studied English at the British Council in Tripoli in 2007 and again in 2009.
“We can confirm that a student by the name of Hana Gadhafi did study English with us in Libya. However, we don’t have access to any documents as we don’t have access to our Tripoli office, which we had to leave earlier this year,” a spokesman told the AP. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with council policy.
“The widely held belief in Libya at the time was that this was a different daughter, adopted by Col. Gadhafi after Hana’s death, and given the same name as a tribute. This is, in fact, a common practice in Libya as a memorial to a dead child.”
A Swiss government document earlier this year listed the names of senior Libyan figures that were to be targeted for sanctions briefly included Hana Gadhafi’s name, but it was quickly removed, Swiss officials said Tuesday. They were responding to questions by the AP.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman, Adrian Sollberger, said the list was revised to conform with sanctions imposed by the United Nations. He declined to say why someone with the name Hana Gadhafi had featured on the original sanctions list and whether Switzerland had evidence the Libyan leader’s daughter was alive.
Libyans said Col. Gadhafi wanted to drum up sympathy for himself and hatred toward the West by claiming Hana was killed in 1986 and Col. Gadhafi’s son Seif al-Arab was killed in May during a NATO airstrike.
“It is not surprising he would lie about his own child’s death,” he said. “He is capable of killing a whole population, why not his own child?”
Associated Press reporters Jill Lawless in London and Frank Jordans in Geneva contributed to this report.
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