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.

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-08-23 12:43

    So sick of those smug Gadaffi sons' faces on TV already. C'mon, rebels, one last push to victory.

      pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-08-23 13:43

      Agree ... let the mad dog and his sons pay the price for their brutality! The ZIMBABWE MURDERER MUGABE should be next ... love it - the wheels of JUSTICE are turning slow ... but rest assure ... they do turn!!

      michaelx - 2011-08-23 13:57


      Cynix - 2011-08-23 14:49

      Sorry pcpcoetzee - its not about justice, its about oil and Mugabe does'nt have any. Gaddafi is only about oil - things never change!

  • Matt :-) - 2011-08-23 12:45

    Go get 'em tigers...

  • Pictureof - 2011-08-23 12:52

    Cant wait to see that smug look wiped off this madmans face when he appears in the Hague in Chains. Zuma - are you paying attention to the fate of African Dictators?

  • marco - 2011-08-23 13:19

    Wow amazing how some people on this forum still don't seem to get it do they?One and all they wishing for the Rebel Forces to win this stalemate.What do people even know about these THUGS ie The Rebels or their bosses-The Libyan Transitional National Council?...

      Hilary Ojukwu - 2011-08-23 13:38

      marco, the people on this forum are ignorant people, they are are supremacists who through the NATO escapades in Libya want to show us how powerful their western bed-fellows are. Only yesterday, they were told that Tripoli would fall in 15 hours. Now, 15 hours are passed, but Tripoli has not fallen. They should go and check that Saif Gaddafi picture very well. They can see that the man does not look like someone who is losing or will lose. They told us that the Libyan people are fighting Gaddafi. If this is the case, why did they have to transport people from Misrata and other places in Tripoli yesterday. Apart from millions of people fighting for Gaddafi all over the country, there are still other millions spread across the country who have not even got entangled in the war yet. Sirte is untouched. Surely, this war is far from over and it is too early for the imperialist sympathizers to celebrate.

      Anton - 2011-08-23 14:34

      Hilary Ojukwu, Yes, have a good look at the picture of saif, and you will be looking at a murderers psychopathic thug!!!!

  • marco - 2011-08-23 13:19

    continue...NATO decided to take sides with the Rebels in fighting Gaddafi so they must forever live with that.Nobody in their corporate media tells about the Rebels brutality,only baseless claims about Gaddafi slaughtering his own people is what you always hear in reports. Do people really know about the black oil workers from Sub-Saharan Africa that were kicked in the chest and executed by Rebels from Benghazi who mistook them and falsely accusing them of acting as mercenaries for Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.These were just hapless African migrants in search of work in the oil industry.And yet do the media ever report on these incidents done by the Rebels.Oh no they too sympathetic to rebel claims etc. How do you know that these Rebel thugs will at any time in the future ever respect Democratic Rule any better than Gaddafi would at the minute?Respect for human rights,a free press,free speech,free public debate,pluralism,access to justice,broad participation in political processes etc. Sure Libya under Gaddafi had never done any or all of the above Democratic Ideals but these Rebels it seems are hell-bent in carrying on with the trend and not bucking it.We,the international community,are watching these events unfolding to see what sort of outcome there will be in the end as nobody wants a similar situations you see in Iraq or Afghanistan.Everyone wants Democracy and Rule of Law in Libya but has NATO gone to far as an uber-protector in pursuing that?

  • marco - 2011-08-23 13:20

    ...Like so many others you all get swept up into this frenzy "feeding" by the media on Gaddafi that he must go,Gaddafi must do this,Gedaffi must relinquish power etc.The last thing the international community ever wanted is civil war in Libya and that's exactly what you have now.NATO's pretext for war in Libya-UN Resolution 1973 to avert a humanitarian crisis and to protect civilians-has been proven fraudulent.I take it that rebels driving tanks,flying fighter jets and carrying RPG launchers were classed as "protesters" or "civilians" right.NATO's Imperialistic-Speak for all uber-protector rationale is deadly flawed here in Libya & everywhere else in the world. NATO's main problem in Libya is the tribal system which is still a fundamental part of Libyan society.Over 140 known clans or tribal networks exist in Libya. •Warfallah in Western Libya of around one million people in areas of Baniwalid,Zamazam,Bey,Sirte,Sabha,Dernah. •Al-Magarha in Central Libya or the desert area between Cyrenaica and Tripolitania. •Az-Zuwayya in Eastern Libya and also the arabized Western Berbers. Mua'mmar al-Qaddafi did retain enough support among critical tribes and institutions throughout his time in power despite the fact everybody else in NATO wants him out of power.

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-08-23 13:34

      Marco, with all the tribes and clans, it sounds like South Africa, that did not stop the UN from forcing majority rule here. The regime of Gaddafi has made sure that the majority are not listened to and he has ruled by decree for the past 40 years. He has never given a voice to the people of Libya. His word has been law and no other voice has been given a chance. There is no doubt that he did great things for Libya over the years, but that is not the reason he is being kicked out by his people. The fact that they are educated and have no control of their own lives, is.

  • marco - 2011-08-23 13:28

    Then also too ask yourselves:Has The Libyan Transitional National Council demonstrated any broad-based public support throughout the country for their cause or way of governing Libya?That is what DEMOCRACY is- majority rule.All you see on tv are Rebels fighting GADAFFI but no majority support from anyone speaking up for the Rebels in large numbers. Yes we all want democracy in Lybia but is that what the majority of Lybians want and have they as yet have said as much?Acts of brutal retaliation were and are carried out by both sides of the argument and both have killed innocent people,and to claim that Gaddafi was solely overseeing a deliberate policy to attack innocents even as he battles against the might of NATO and the western-backed rebel forces is brazenly deceptive.The Media never shows their viewers any videos,images and testimony of rebel fighters engaging in massacres and beatings of innocents,including children,have they?It has been universally ignored by the selective corporate media.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-23 13:58

      Why don't you post a few more times marco? I don't think we've ignored your conspiracy theory BS enough just yet.

  • Jim - 2011-08-23 13:32

    It's not about the Dictator Gaddafi, nor is it about the Rebels, as they called, whoever they might be. Two wrongs don't make a right. It's all about the oil, that's what it's about

  • mSholozi - 2011-08-23 14:01

    our brother leader can be safe in zim, he must get out before colonial west takes land

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