Beaten in battle, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had disappeared off the radar. But the loosely-led forces that stormed his fortress home in Tripoli yesterday have some way yet to go in consolidating their gains.
Euronews correspondent Mustafa Bag described an atmosphere of suspense saying: “Nine tenths of Tripoli is under rebel control.
“The town Gaddafi is from, Sirte, is preparing to surrender to the rebels without a fight, although there are some small points of Libya which are under Gaddafi force’s control.
“Clashes are still going on in Tripoli. We can hear explosions. The rebels’ grasp on the city is incomplete in that they have no top-down organisational structure.
“Even when the Bab-al Aziziya compound was attacked, there was no centralised command. The rebels were acting independently. They had no common plan.
“Can Gaddafi’s soldiers exploit this? Yes, absolutely. The general opinion is that this situation will be used by the Gaddafi side.
“Gaddafi has an elite, private military brigade – a kind of palace guard – but it hasn’t appeared yet. We have been informed that it is preparing for a fight, and that is the rebels’ main concern.”