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Libyan rebels to merge under one command

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Libyan rebels to merge under one command

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Together, they are celebrating success in Tripoli. And, despite tribal and regional differences, the aim is to merge Libya’s disparate rebel fighter groups under one command.

Such a move would be another step towards creating a new national order after six months of conflict and 42 years of Colonel Gaddafi’s rule.

Rebels have reopened a key aid route to the capital by taking control of the main Ras Jdir crossing, on the border with Tunisia.

It comes as dozens of decomposing bodies were found at a hospital in Tripoli, which had been abandoned amid fierce gun battles. Many were said to be African mercenaries who had been killed or badly injured fighting to save the regime. But the rotting remains of women and children were also found.