Explosions, anti-aircraft gunfire in Tripoli

2011-03-24 07:04

Anti-aircraft gunfire and several explosions were heard in Tripoli early Thursday, an AFP journalist said, as an allied military offensive against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces entered a sixth day.

The anti-aircraft gunfire began at around 6.30am and there were ensuing blasts, the journalist said.

The official JANA news agency said coalition raids in Tripoli yesterday had killed “a large number” of civilians, including rescuers trying to remove the dead and wounded from rubble.

Witnesses reported a huge blast at a military base in the Tajura residential neighbourhood 32 kilometres east of the capital, while anti-aircraft fire was heard as warplanes thundered over Tripoli.

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