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Gaddafi compound in Tripoli broken down

Gaddafi compound in Tripoli broken down
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Demolition has begun on former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s home in the capital, Tripoli. The walls of the six square kilometre Bab al-Azizyah compound were smashed in with bulldozers.

It is not the first time Gaddafi’s residence has taken a battering. It was hit several times during NATO airstrikes before the city.

“The union of Libya’s rebels called for the demolition of this wall that represents a symbol of the tyrant’s rule as the first step,” said Etman Lelktah as he stood with the people tearing down the walls.

Meanwhile, the transitional government says it has new areas of the city of Bani Walid under its control, including the city centre.

The NTC will send more troops to from Sirte to Bani Walid to boost the forces already there, once the battle for Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte is over.

In Sirte, the loyalists continue to fight on, despite being boxed into an area of about two square kilometres, according to government reports.

Democracy is being stalled by continuing unrest in Bani Walid and Sirte.