WAR IN LIBYA:Libyan rebels enter Abu Salim neighborhood in Tripoli
Laaska News August 26,2011
TRIPOLI, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Libyan rebels entered Thursday the Abu Salim neighborhood in the capital Tripoli where they earlier said the embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi might be hiding, U.S. TV channel CNN reported.
The rebels besieged some apartment buildings in the neighborhood near Gaddafi’s military compound Bab Al-Aziziya earlier Thursday, claiming that the embattled leader and his family members might be holing up in the area.
After the rebels entered the neighborhood later in the day, their speculation proved wrong, CNN said.
The CNN footage showed that the rebels stormed a prison in the Abu Salim neighborhood, chanting slogans such as “God is great” and “Long live Libya” while releasing the prisoners.
The rebels have been hunting for Gaddafi for days after they stormed the capital city. The National Transitional Council offered a bounty of 1.67 million U.S. dollars for the capture or killing of Gaddafi, who has ruled the oil-rich state for 42 years.
The whereabouts of Gaddafi and his sons remained unknown after the rebels overran his military bastion Tuesday following a day of heavy fighting.
Rebels claimed they have so far controlled 90 percent of Tripoli, but intense fighting was still going on in many parts of the city between the rebels and Gaddafi’s loyalists.
Fighting continues throughout Libya
In Libya, anti-government forces that have virtually toppled the Qadhafi regime have entered full-fledged efforts to form a transitional government. But they continue to face pockets of resistance from forces loyal to Muammar al-Qadhafi.
The National Transitional Council of anti-government forces, based in Benghazi, began dispatching senior members to the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Wednesday.
It aims to launch a transitional government there by the end of next week.
But the opposition is still searching for Qadhafi’s whereabouts and is facing severe resistance from loyalists in many regions.
In Tripoli, fierce fighting broke out in the Abu Salim district in the south, and near an international airport after Qadhafi loyalists seized these areas. They are fighting back against the rebels by deploying snipers and by firing rockets.
While the National Transitional Council forces are shifting their base to the capital, Qadhafi loyalists have put the western city of Zuwara under siege.
They also appear to be launching an offensive near Ras Lanuf, a key oil city.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 19:33 +0900 (JST)