Tripoli was hit by a fresh round of attacks on Tuesday night, as NATO stepped up its air strikes. According to state television, both military and civilian buildings were hit in Firnag, one of the most populated areas in the capital.
This assault of Tripoli provided a boost to rebel forces as they pushed back pro-Gaddafi forces on three fronts – the oil town of Brega, the government-held Zlitan and Kikla, which the opposition now controls.
Meanwhile, in the US, questions about the legality of involvement in Libya are being asked. House Speaker John Boehner issued a warning to President Obama about American troops taking part in the conflict without the authorisation of Congress. Boehner, who is the Republican leader of the House of Representatives, has accused the President of a ‘lack of clarity’ and wants him to explain the legal grounds for war before Friday.