Sunday, August 21, 2011

Libyan Rebels in Tripoli

August 22, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule seems to be off the edge as hundreds of rebel fighters had pushed their way to Tripoli, the centre of the Libyan Capital.

In the early hours of Monday morning, rebels waved opposition flags and fired guns into the air in euphoria after reaching Tripoli's central Green Square, the symbolic heart of the city while happy residents were seen pouring into the streets to celebrate and greet the rebel fighters as they moved forward the suburbs towards the centre.

Speaking on state television via audiolink on Sunday, the dictator asked his people to help keep the rebels away from Tripoli and defend the Capital. He said to the Libyan people: "There are criminals, they are coming to destroy Tripoli. They are coming to steal our oil.”

NATO said in a statement that "the sooner Gaddafi realizes that he cannot win the battle against his own people, the better -- so that the Libyan people can be spared further bloodshed and suffering."