Libya rebels seize Gaddafi compound Triumphant rebels seized Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli on Tuesday after a fierce battle with a loyalist rearguard but there was no word on the fate of the Libyan leader who vowed again to fight “to the end.”
Reuters journalists watched rebel fighters stream through the sprawling Bab al-Aziziya headquarters compound, firing in the air in celebration after hours of heavy clashes. But it was unclear whether the “Brother Leader” or his sons were still somewhere in the complex’s maze of buildings and bunkers.
Defensive fire died away and hundreds of jubilant rebels poured in. Some smashed a statue of Gaddafi. Others hunted through dozens of buildings, unchallenged, seizing weaponry and vehicles. The rebels’ envoy to the United Nations said the area was “totally in the hands of the revolutionaries.”
One man shouted: “It’s over. Gaddafi is finished.”
Photo: Libyan rebel fighters celebrate after their entering the Bab al Aziziya compound in Tripoli August 23, 2011. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)
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Libyan rebels seize much of Tripoli Libyan rebels were in the heart of Tripoli on Monday after surging into the capital in a final drive to oust Muammar Gaddafi, seizing swathes of the city and arresting the strongman’s son, Seif al-Islam.
U.S. President Barack Obama said the Gaddafi regime was at a “tipping point” and that the “tyrant” must go, adding a call for the rebels to respect human rights and move to democracy.
Senior rebel figure Mahmud Jibril said there were still pockets of resistance in and around Tripoli and warned his forces to be cautious.
“The fight is not over yet,” he said on rebel television Al-Ahrar. “God willing, in few hours our victory will be complete.” (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos of the day Men retreat as a fireball rises from tankers which were carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, as they explode after being attacked on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan, August 19, 2011. Five NATO trucks have been set on fire in Mastung in the province of Baluchistan. Gunmen attacked and then set fire to the trucks, carrying fuel to NATO troops in Afghanistan, security officials said. There are no reported casualties. (Naseer Ahmed/Reuters)