Rebels have entered the fortified compound of Muammar Gaddafi in
Bab al-Azizya in Tripoli, following intense fighting with forces
loyal to the Libyan leader.
The rebels "broke through the gates of Bab al-Aiziya and some
opposition fighters managed to enter the government's stronghold
in the Libyan capital," Al Jazeera's correspondent Zeina Khodr
said, reporting from the compound on Tuesday.
A Libyan rebel commander told Al Jazeera that 90 per cent of the
compound was under rebel control.
As celebratory gunfire rang out, there were reports that the
compound armoury was being looted.
Meanwhile fighting continued across the capital for a second day
with the sound of gunfire and occasional explosions ringing out.
The al-Mansoura district was the
focus of fierce clashes between government forces and opposition
fighters, two days after the rebels marched into the heart of the
city, prompting scenes of jubilation.
"Gaddafi troops are holed up in a
series of pockets where they still seem to have strength, the main
one of which is inside that sprawling Gaddafi compound," said Al
Jazeera's James Bays, another correspondent reporting from
"The battle is certainly not over.
The city is on a knife edge," he said.
There have been reports of NATO
planes flying very low on top of Gaddafi's compound.
Gaddafi's forces are reportedly
fighting back using heavy weapons including mortars and shells
fired in the direction of Green Square, which rebels have renamed
Martyrs' Square, casting doubts on opposition claims that much of
the city was under their control.