Gadhafi appears on TV for 1st time in weeks

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has made a short appearance on Libyan state television after weeks of absence.
Moammar Gadhafi appeared on Libyan television Wednesday for the first time in weeks. (Canadian Press)

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has made a short television appearance after weeks of absence.

Gadhafi appeared on Libyan state television for several minutes on Wednesday evening. A camera filmed him from a distance as he sat with tribal leaders in Tripoli, but he did not speak.

The Libyan leader has not appeared on camera in weeks, prompting rumours that he may have been injured in a NATO shelling that targeted his compound. The shelling killed one of his sons.

Gadhafi was meeting with tribal leaders in what appeared to be the upscale Rixos hotel where foreign reporters are staying.

To confirm the authenticity of the screening, the camera zoomed in on the date shown on a television screen close to Gadhafi. It read Wednesday, May 11.

The last time Gadhafi was seen in public was April 9, when he visited a school in Tripoli.