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Rebels capture most of Tripoli

08-22-2011 18:44 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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The world is witnessing the turmoil in Libya, as rebels surround the capital city of Tripoli, and take control of its center square. Gaddafi's second son has been arrested. It's certainly not over yet, but the final act appears imminent.

13 hundred people have been killed, and 5 thousand others injured in the past 12 hours of fighting in Tripoli. A Libyan government spokesman described the situation as a disaster. But he insisted that the government will continue to defend the city against rebel forces.

Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said, "We are very resilient and still very strong. And we have still thousands and thousands of fighters, who have nowhere to go but to fight. So this will increase and increase and the death toll will increase because people are so scared of the revenge and hatred of the other side if they win. Each side, actually, is terrified of the other side."

A boy holds a drawing depicting Moammar Gadhafi and his son Seif al-Islam being hanged
during celebrations of the capture in Tripoli of the son at the rebel-held town of
Benghazi, Libya, early Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.

However, a senior rebel official said late on Sunday, that the military unit in charge of protecting Gaddafi and the capital has surrendered. And by early Monday morning, Green Square has been overrun with rebels and celebrating residents. Many Libyans believe this may be their beginning of a new era.

Local resident said, "42 years of suffering from this unjust dictator, but his final destiny has come to pass."

On Sunday, the prosecutor for the International Court in The Hague confirmed that the rebels have detained Seif Gaddafi, the second son of Moammar Gaddafi, who is suspected of crimes against humanity. The rebels confirmed that they have arrested him, but have not provided any further details.

As the rebels advance into the capital on Sunday night, Libyan state television aired an audio message from Gaddafi. The embattled leader urged families in Tripoli to arm themselves and fight for the capital.

A woman celebrates the capture in Tripoli of Moammar Gadhafi's son and
one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, at the rebel-held town of Benghazi,
Libya, early Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.

Moammar Gaddafi said, "You have to march to Tripoli to protect it and to purify it from the traitors in the streets. How can you allow the capital to be under occupation once again, after the revolution and after freedom? Why do the armed people, allow the mercenaries, the rats, the traitors to pave the way for occupation, in the city of Tripoli? This is rejected. This is dangerous. Stand up and rise up for Tripoli! You are its protectors!"

Gaddafi also warned that Tripoli will resemble Baghdad if the rebels gain control. However, late on Sunday night the rebels reached the symbolic center of Tripoli, Green Square. The square was filled with the sound of celebratory gunfire. The weapons were aimed skyward and a pro-Gaddafi poster was destroyed by the bullets.

Editor:Shi Jierui |Source: CNTV.CN

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