Fierce fighting outside Gaddafi compound

2011-08-23 12:30
Tripoli - Fierce fighting broke out Tuesday between Muammar Gaddafi’s forces and rebel fighters near the Libyan strongman's sprawling Bab al-Azizya residence in Tripoli, an AFP reporter said.

Journalists at the nearby Rixos hotel were shaken by a loud explosion at around 09:00 followed by the sound of rocket and heavy artillery fire.

Fighting raged in surrounding neighbourhoods while planes thought to be those of Nato flew over the city.

Soldiers from the regime were posted around the hotel, which houses 30 international journalists.

Water and electricity services were cut off at the hotel for a third day on Tuesday after they were restored for an hour during the night.

Read more on:    muammar gaddafi  |  libya  |  libya protests  |  north africa  |  uprisings

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