Libyan rebels reach center of Tripoli, capture Gadhafi’s son

By Muriel Kane
Sunday, August 21, 2011 18:29 EDT
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Libyan rebels moved into the capital city of Tripoli on Sunday and are said to have already reached the center of the city. They also claim to have captured Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s son.

Sky News correspondent Alex Crawford reported that there is “no sign of any resistance” and that people are “pouring out into the streets in celebration” as the rebel forces advance.
“They are going nuts,” she continued, “singing and dancing. Even women and children are coming out into the street. This is going to be the biggest party Tripoli has ever seen.”

“They had been expecting much more resistance but there has been very little,” Crawford said of the rebels “There is absolutely no question in their minds that they have beaten Gaddafi and it is just a question of how he will go.”

According to the Associated Press, “The day’s first breakthrough came when hundreds of rebels fought their way into a major symbol of the Gadhafi regime — the base of the elite 32nd Brigade commanded by Gadhafi’s son, Khamis. … Hundreds of rebels cheered wildly and danced as they took over the compound filled with eucalyptus trees, raising their tricolor from the front gate and tearing down a large billboard of Gadhafi. Inside, they cracked open wooden crates labeled ‘Libyan Armed Forces’ and loaded their trucks with huge quantities of munitions.”

ABC News is now reporting that “rebel forces have captured Seif al Islam Gaddafi, son of the Libyan leader, in Tripoli and are surrounding the Gadhafi compound, Bab al Aziziya.” Multiple reports say the rebels have reached Green Square in the center of Tripoli.

Gadhafi’s spokesmen insist that they are continuing to hold out, and according to the Associated Press, ‘Libyan state television aired an angry audio message from Gadhafi Sunday night, urging families in Tripoli to arm themselves and fight for the capital.” However, most reports describe government forces as simply “melting away.”

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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