Rebels enter Tripoli


Following a momentous few days in which rebels from the south and east have broken through the Gaddafi government lines, rebels are entering Tripoli and infiltrating to the very centre.

Gunfire was heard in the capital two nights ago, suggesting that orders had been given for the final uprising. Yesterday rebels travelled 32kms in the final advance on Tripoli.

Last night the rebels were said to be in Green Square, in the heart of the capital, which they have renamed Martyr’s Square. Elsewhere, the National Transitional Council confirmed that Saif al-Islam Muammar al-Gaddafi, the son of Colonel Gaddafi who had been expected to replace him, had been arrested. Muhammad al-Gaddafi, the eldest son, had earlier surrendered to rebel forces. Al-Saadi al-Gaddafi, a younger son, is also being reported as having been arrested.

Last night the National Transitional Council was reporting that the Revolutionary Guard Corps had surrendered. If that is true then that, along with the capture of the Khamis brigade headquarters, is a major breakthrough in minimising likely resistance.

This morning there remain a number of serious pockets of resistance throughout Tripoli.

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