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Intense fighting in Tripoli; Gaddafi's compound stormed

Wednesday August 24, 2011 12:50:11 AM, Agencies

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Tripoli: 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 Tripoli.

 

"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.

 

 

 





 

 

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