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Libya rebels claim victory in Tripoli

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Libya rebels claim victory in Tripoli


Libya’s rebels say they have seized control of most of Tripoli.

In central Green Square, crowds went wild with cheering, believing Muammar Gaddafi’s more than forty-year rule has come to an end.

After six months of civil war, rebels coordinated a sweeping advance on three fronts and entered the capital meeting little resistance, though pockets of fierce fighting were also reported.

It is not certain where Colonel Gaddafi is, but a rebel official said his sons Saif al Islam and Mohammed are under arrest. The presidential guard is also said to have surrendered.

National Transitional Council leaders have called on Gaddafi to admit defeat.

NATO, which has backed the rebels with a bombing campaign, urged them not to seek revenge on Gaddafi loyalists.

A Libyan government official told Western news agencies that nearly 400 people on both sides of the conflict were killed in fighting on Saturday night to Sunday in Tripoli, and that some 1,000 were wounded.

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