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Report: Libyan rebels flush Gaddafi forces out of Tripoli

Arab World Materials 25 August 2011 15:52 (UTC +04:00)
Libyan rebels were Thursday hunting troops loyal to fugitive leader Moamer Gaddafi, broadcaster Al Jazeera reported.
Report: Libyan rebels flush Gaddafi forces out of Tripoli

Libyan rebels were Thursday hunting troops loyal to fugitive leader Moamer Gaddafi, broadcaster Al Jazeera reported.

The two sides were engaged in heavy fighting in southern Tripoli where Gaddafi was believed to be hiding, the Doha-based television added, DPA reported.

The rebels said they seized late Wednesday Tripoli's Bu Salim district where pro-Gaddafi fighters holed up and fired mortars at the Gaddafi compound that the rebels overran on Tuesday.

Roads of the district were strewn with bodies, some of which belonged to rebels who were captured and executed by the Gaddafi troops, Al Jazeera quoted residents as saying.

The rebels said that they had freed around 20,000 political detainees from a notorious prison in Bu Salim.

Fierce fighting was, meanwhile, raging between the rebels and the Gaddafi troops in the town of Zawara in western Libya, Al Jazeera reported.

According to Colonel Abdou Salem, a rebel military coordinator, the rebels captured the central part of Zawara, a coastal town linking Tripoli to the Tunisian border.

The rebels said they were on the heels of the retreating Gaddafi forces who fled from Tripoli towards Sirte, Gaddafi's birthplace on the northern coast, and Saba in southern Libya.

Gaddafi remains on the run as the rebel Transitional National Council has offered a 1.7-million-dollar bounty for his capture.

The opposition council promised to pardon anyone who killed the embattled leader.

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