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Aug 22, 2011

Rebels sweep into Tripoli as Gaddafi forces crumble

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Jubilant rebel fighters swept into the heart of Tripoli as Muammar Gaddafi’s forces collapsed and crowds took to the streets to celebrate what they saw as the rapidly approaching end of his four decades of absolute power.

Rebels waving opposition flags and firing into the air drove into Green Square, a symbolic showcase the government had until recently used for mass demonstrations in support of the now embattled Gaddafi. Rebels immediately began calling it Martyrs Square.

Aug 22, 2011

Rebels enter heart of Tripoli, crowds celebrate

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Jubilant rebel fighters streamed into the heart of Tripoli as Muammar Gaddafi’s forces collapsed and crowds took to the streets to celebrate, tearing down posters of the Libyan leader.

Rebels waving opposition flags and firing into the air drove into Green Square, a symbolic location which the government had until recently used for mass demonstrations in support of the now embattled Gaddafi.

Aug 21, 2011

Libya rebels say they control parts of Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said they had seized control of pockets of Tripoli after a night of fighting, while allied forces advanced on the capital on Sunday, predicting a final showdown with Muammar Gaddafi.

The Libyan leader dismissed the rebels, fighting since February to topple him, as “rats” and said he would not yield.

Aug 21, 2011

“Zero hour” for Gaddafi as besieged Tripoli rises up

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Explosions and gunfire rocked Tripoli through the night as opponents of Muammar Gaddafi rose up in the capital, declaring a final push to topple the Libyan leader after a six-month war reached the city’s outskirts.

A defiant Gaddafi said an assault by “rats” had been repelled.

“Those rats … were attacked by the masses tonight and we eliminated them,” Gaddafi said in an audio message broadcast over state television early on Sunday.

Aug 21, 2011

Explosions, gunfire rock Tripoli as rebels advance

TRIPOLI, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Explosions and gunfire rocked Tripoli overnight, after days of battlefield defeats left Muammar Gaddafi’s government and troops penned ever more tightly in the besieged capital by a rebel advance.

Rebels said the fighting marked a final push in an uprising against the long-time leader that has raged in the North African oil-producing nation for six months, while Gaddafi dismissed it as an ill-fated attempt by “rats.”

Aug 20, 2011

Blasts and gunfire rock Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Explosions and gunfire rocked
Tripoli overnight, after days of battlefield defeats left
Muammar Gaddafi’s government and troops penned ever more tightly
in the besieged capital.

The fighting inside the city triggered celebrations among
some rebels and speculation Gaddafi’s 41-year rule was sliding
towards collapse. But Gaddafi’s officials insisted in the early
hours of Sunday the assault had been crushed, a few hours after
it began.

Aug 20, 2011

Explosions and gunfire rock besieged Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Explosions and gunfire rocked Tripoli on Saturday night, after days of battlefield defeats left Muammar Gaddafi’s government and troops penned ever more tightly in the besieged capital.

The scale of the unrest was unclear, but speculation was rife that Gaddafi’s 41-year rule was close to collapse.

Aug 19, 2011

Rescue of foreigners planned from Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Thousands of foreigners trapped in Tripoli by rebel advances that have cut off the capital will be evacuated in a massive international rescue, probably by sea, an international body said on Friday.

After months of stalemate, rebels have transformed the battlefield this week by seizing Zawiyah west of the capital and cutting Tripoli off from the outside world, putting unprecedented pressure on the leader’s 41-year rule.

Aug 18, 2011

Anxiety mounts in Tripoli as rebels advance

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s encircled capital is being painfully squeezed as rebel forces fight their way closer and battles along the coastal highway block the city’s chief link to the outside world.

The road to Tunisia, for months Tripoli’s main conduit for smuggled petrol, food and other necessities, has been essentially cut off since Saturday, when rebels entered the coastal city of Zawiyah, just 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli.

Aug 16, 2011

Rebels encroach, but Libya capital seems unruffled

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rebels may have fought their way into Zawiyah, a strategic city a half hour’s drive from the Libyan capital, but for many supporters of Muammar Gaddafi here the battle that may be a turning point may as well be a million miles away.

Months of military stalemate appeared to come to an abrupt end in recent days, as rebels seeking to end Gaddafi’s 41-year-rule said they reached the center of Zawiyah, 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, and captured a town to Tripoli’s south.

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