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Libyan rebels enter capital Tripoli, arrest Gaddafi's son

08-22-2011 08:23 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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Libyan rebels have reached Tripoli's central Green Square. Sky news live footage showed the scene in the early hours of Monday.

The vast square erupted in celebration after rebel troops pushed into the center of the Libyan capital overnight. Meanwhile Al Jazeera TV cited rebels as saying that all Tripoli is under their control except Gaddafi's stronghold of Bab Al-Aziziyah. Foreign media quote the rebels as saying they met little resistance as they moved from the western outskirts into the capital.

The rebels have also taken over a military base belonging to the Khamis Brigade, driving out elite forces led by Moammar Gaddafi's son, Khamis. The base is 25 kilometers west of Tripoli.

A man stamps on a picture of Gaddafi's face in Tripoli, while thousands gathered in Benghazi to celebrate the rebels advancement.

Meanwhile the rebel council says Gaddafi's eldest son Mohammed has surrendered to them. And head of the rebel National Transitional Council, Mustapha Abd El Jalil, said they have captured Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Al-Islam, and they have given instructions to treat him well so that he can face trial.

The rebel council also says Gaddafi's presidential guards have surrendered to the rebels and laid down their arms.

Thousands gathered in Green Square following its fall, firing guns into the air and destroying pictures of Gaddafi.


Dancing in the streets: Rebels celebrate atop a car in Green Square.


On the move: Hundreds of cars filled the roads going into Tripoli, carrying some of the 25,000 rebel troops reportedly heading for the city.


Advance: Rebels move towards the captured 27th bridge area of Tripoli during their move into the city.


Running for cover: Three rebels come under fire in of the town of Mala.


Colonel Gaddafi has called on his supporters to try and save the
capital of Tripoli in an audio message, while his son Saif al-Islam
has already been arrested by the rebel forces.


Colonel Gaddafi has called on his supporters to try and save the
capital of Tripoli in an audio message, while his son Saif al-Islam
has already been arrested by the rebel forces.

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