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Tripoli rebels pick up pieces

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Tripoli rebels pick up pieces


Tripoli is relatively calm for the first time since the rebels flung their concerted force into dislodging the old guard. The next phase, while mopping up isolated resistance, is to reorganise.

Hospitals treating the casualties from the fighting are hard-pressed, short on supplies and staff. One Tripoli hospital has received the bodies of 17 civilians believed to have been executed recently by government forces in Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in the capital.

Corpses being collected off the streets and other fighting grounds marked green are those from Gaddafi’s side.

One resting rebel said: “I think Gaddafi now has lost the match and the fight against the rebel forces, because when the rebel forces came and announced that they had Bab al-Azizia… it is all over for him now. This is when we are sure that he can not judge Libya any more from this moment.”

The rebels took control of Tripoli airport from Gaddafi loyalists, who destroyed at least one airliner.

They discovered a vast tank garage in northeastern Tripoli, next to the Metiga military air base. While the base is badly damaged, most of the tanks have barely a scratch.

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