The Algerian authorities have decided to move members of toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's family to the capital, Algiers, over safety concerns, the Egyptian website Al-Ahram said on Friday.
Gaddafi's wife Safia, daughter Aisha, and two sons - Muhammad and Hannibal arrived in Algerian southeastern border zone on August 29. Clashes between opponents and die-hard supporters of the Gaddafi regime are taking place on the Libyan side of the border. Gaddafi's family members will be under house arrest in the capital.
Gaddafi wife and children were taken to Algeria by a team of 35 former South African Special Forces operatives, who were paid $15,000 each for the operation, Johannesburg's New Age newspaper said on Friday. The paper cited an unidentified person who was asked to take part in the mission, but declined.
The Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) is demanding the extradition of Gaddafi's family from Algeria.
Gaddafi's only daughter Aisha, has given birth to a girl since arriving in Algeria. Regional news reports suggest her pregnancy was a major factor in the decision by the Algerian authorities to grant the group refuge.