Gaddafi fortress overrun by rebels as regime faces complete collapse

Gaddafi fortress overrun by rebels as regime faces complete collapse
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Libyan rebels are in complete control of Muammar Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziyah compound, the former stronghold of the man who has ruled the country for over four-decades.

Jubilant rebels swarmed into the fortress firing guns into the air in celebration and destroying remnants of Gaddafi’s rule.

The well-being and whereabouts of Gaddafi, his sons and others central to the regime remains unknown.

The compound is believed to sit atop a network of tunnels and bunkers that lead to adjoining districts, through which he could have escaped.

The day began with a furious assault on the compound with rebel forces backed by NATO air power. By evening government forces gradually ended their resistance.

The pockets of fighters who remain loyal to Gaddafi are reported to have fled to Sirte, the colonel’s hometown; it is unknown if they plan a last stand.

Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya’s UN envoy, said that the city of Sirte would fall in the next 48 hours and the entire country will be under rebel rule in three days.

Members of the National Transition Council, which are based in Benghazi, plan to travel to Tripoli on Wednesday to begin the delicate process of forming a new government.

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