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August 23, 2011

An explosion hit near Gadhafi’s main compound in the Bab al-Aziziya district in Tripoli on Tuesday.

Rebels Overrun Gadhafi Compound

Fierce Street Fighting in Tripoli; Leader’s Whereabouts Are Unknown

MIDDLE EAST NEWS AUGUST 23, 2011, 12:53 P.M. ET

By CHARLES LEVINSON in Tripoli and MARGARET COKER in Tunis

Libyans poured into streets surrounding Moammar Gadhafi’s fortress-like compound in Tripoli on Tuesday, after rebels appeared to capture it following a fierce street battle against forces loyal to the longtime leader.

Streets surrounding the Bab al-Aziziya compound rang with mortars, heavy machine-guns and anti-aircraft guns throughout much of the day Tuesday as rebels took up positions around Col. Gadhafi’s symbolic stronghold.

But by late afternoon gunfire ceased and rebels and Tripoli residents poured onto the streets. An overpass about a half-mile from the complex, on which rebels had taken up position just an hour before, thronged with people.

The compound’s green gates were blasted open and hundreds of rebels were pouring into the complex, the Associated Press reported, some driving golf carts as the area resounded with celebratory gunfire.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Col. Gadhafi or members of his immediate family were in the compound when it was breached by the rebels, but battle’s ferocity led many to speculate that the longtime leader may have been inside.

The report that rebels were celebrating within the walls of Col. Gadhafi’s symbolic stronghold came after two days of whipsawing reports out of the Libyan capital over what appears to be the final phase of Libyan rebels’ six-month battle to oust the world’s longest-tenured current ruler.

On Sunday, rebels swept into Col. Gadhafi’s last stronghold city and the center of his nearly 42-year rule, and celebrated on the city’s central Green Square. But battles continued Monday. Forces loyal to Col. Gadhafi conducted lightning strikes on rebels, several neighborhoods appeared to remain in the control of loyalist soldiers and residents spoke of snipers situated in several neighborhoods.

Throughout Tuesday, forces loyal to Col. Gadhafi continued to battle through Tripoli’s densely populated neighborhoods, attacking and defending patches of territory across the seemingly divided capital.

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