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Tripoli: “Operation Mermaid Dawn”.


“Operation Mermaid Dawn” has succeeded, after six months of civil war, the events concluded in just a few hours, the rebels have reached the centre of the Libya’s capital, Tripoli.

Libya in the hands of the Libyan people

Libya in the hands of the Libyan people

[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”]Muammar Gaddafi’s defenders have fled, and thousands of civilians went out to cheer the the rebels while they were advancing into the city. The people gathered in the Green Square shouting “We’re free” and they shoot at a poster of Gaddafi, reported Al Jazeera.

There was not much resistance from Gaddafi’s supporters while the  were approaching the Libyan capital.

“People are worried about sleeper cells but cleaning up operations are under way to make sure there are no snipers in the buildings nearby. People are confident that the government has fallen and they are in control”said Zeina Khodr, Al Jazeera’s correspondent.

The capital has surrendered along with the military unit that was protecting Muammar al Gaddafi, said a rebel official (AP).

There was no co-ordination between NATO air forces and the rebels forces on the ground, said Oana Lungescu, NATO’s chief spokeswoman.

“What we’re seeing tonight is the regime crumbling,” Oana Lungescu told AFP.

There is no information on Libya‘s former leader, Moammar Gadhafi, but two of his sons are in the rebels’ custody.

In his latest message,  Gaddaffi said Tripoli would be turned into another Baghdad.

“How come you allow Tripoli, the capital, to be under occupation once again?” he said. “The traitors are paving the way for the occupation forces to be deployed in Tripoli.”

Mohammed, Gaddafi’s eldest son, has surrendered and told Al Jazeera that the revolution was caused by a lack of wisdom.

“I’ve never been a government or security official, however I can tell you the absence of wisdom and foresight is what brought us to here today. Our differences could have been solved easily,” he said.

His house was attacked while he was speaking, but head of the NTC  told Al Jazeera that Mohammed was not hurt.

[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]”He will remain in his house, and I guarantee his safety.” Mustafa Abdel Jalil said.

Saif al-Islam, as Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, confirmed was arrested and probably he will be transferred to The Hague, if  the NTC agrees.

 Barak Obama said Gaddafi must “acknowledge the reality that he no longer controls Libya. He needs to relinquish power once and for all”.

“The future of Libya is now in the hands of the Libyan people.” He stated and said the US would “continue to insist that the basic rights of the Libyan people are respected.”

There were rumors about two South African air force planes that were seen at Tripoli airport, but Mahmoud Shamam, of the NTC told Al Jazeera, that the planes could not take Gaddafi since the airport was under rebel control.

“I have no knowledge of any South African planes in Tripoli … but Nato should know, since they control the airport and no plane can land without their permission,” said Mohammed Dangor, South Africa’s ambassador to Libya.

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Libya News: The rebels take control of Tripoli.


The battles are around Tripoli (Libya) and it seems that “Operation Mermaid Dawn” has begun, according to a military commander in Benghazi, colonel Fadlallah Haroun.[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]


The time of freedom arrived with the rebels closing to Tripoli


“The fighters in Tripoli are rising up in two places at the moment – some are in the Tajoura neighbourhood and the other is near the Matiga (international) airport,” he told Al-Jazeera.

Tajoura is the Tripoli neighborhood most openly opposed to Gaddafi. Heavy fights has been in Souq al-Jomaa, Fashloum and Tajoura, a rebel representative told the AP.

While Tripoli seems to be besieged, Abdessalam Jalloud, former prime minister, left for Italy via Tunisia on Saturday. [googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]

The government official told AFP “Jalloud left Djerba airport for Italy at dawn on a Maltese plane with his family”.

“We are verifying this information,” said Maurizio Massari from the Italian Foreign Ministry.

Early on Sunday morning Muammar al Gaddafi  congratulated his men for repelling an attack upon Tripoli.

[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]Live audio on state television, Gaddafi expressed congratulation to his supporters for repelling a rebels attack. He called the rebels “rats”.

Moammar Gadhafi said Nicolas Sarkozy wants to steal the country’s oil and the rebels were “bent on the destruction of the Libyan people”.

Gaddafi impeled his supporters to “march by the millions” and put an end to a  rebellion, that he called a “masquerade”.

Meanwhile, the rebels said the Gaddafi’s regime is heading to an end.

“The zero hour has started. The rebels in Tripoli have risen up,” said Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice-chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC), in the eastern city of Benghazi.

On Sunday an official in the rebel NTC said that operations in Tripoli were co-ordinated between opponents of Gaddafi in the city and the rebels in the east.

“There is co-ordination with the rebels in Tripoli. This was a pre-set plan. They’ve been preparing for a while. There’s co-ordination with the rebels approaching from the east, west and south,” he said.

Abdel Hafiz Ghoga said NATO warplanes were sending air strikes to distract Gaddafi’s forces.

“The next hours are crucial. Many of their (pro-Gaddafi) brigades and their commanders have fled.” he said

 Apparentely,  there is just a matter of time for the rebels until they will take Tripoli.

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