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Libyan rebels control Tripoli

(Xinhua)

09:10, August 22, 2011

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI - Libyan rebel forces have controlled Tripoli except Bab Al-Aziziyah and are clearing up the remnants of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi's forces, National Transitional Council's senior official Abdullah Almayhop said.


Libyan rebel fighters ride through the town of Maia celebrating after advancing to the outskirts of Tripoli, August 21, 2011. (Photo from China Daily)

He said that Gadhafi's eldest son Mohammed has surrendered to the rebels.

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), said in an TV interview earlier Sunday night that Saif al-Islam, Gadhafi's second son, had been captured and was under custody in a safe place.

Jalil said that Gadhafi's guards in Tripoli had surrendered to the opposition troops.

Meanwhile, Gadhafi said in an Audio speech on Sunday that all the tribes and people should march to Tripoli to "purify" the city, according to the State TV.

"The west will not protect you," he said, "Tripoli will be destroyed."

He urged all the imams of mosques to guide people to protect the capital.


Libyan rebel fighters and civilians ride through the town of Maia celebrating after rebels pushed to within 25 kms (15 miles) of Tripoli, August 21, 2011.( Photo from China Daily)

The spokesman for Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi's government Moussa Ibrahim said on Sunday that 1,300 people had been killed in the fighting in Tripoli since noon Sunday.

He said at a press conference in Tripoli that 5,000 people were wounded in the battle and the NATO should be held responsible for the bloodshed.

He said that the country needs Gadhafi and people should be encouraged to fight for him.

Opposition convoy entered the western district of Tripoli on early Sunday evening with almost no sign of resistance, Al-Jazeera TV channel reported.

Residents of the city began to stream into streets to welcome the opposition troops, despite Gadhafi's call to urge people to take up arms to guard his rule.

Thousands of people flock into the streets in Benghazi, ready to celebrate for the collapse of Gadhafi's rule.

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