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1:05am:ICC spokeswomen just confirms that Saif Al Islam Gaddafi has been captured.
“The Qadhafi regime is clearly crumbling.The sooner Qadhafi realises that he cannot win the battle against his own people, the better — so that the Libyan people can be spared further bloodshed and suffering.The Libyan people have suffered tremendously under Qaddafi’s rule for over four decades. Now they have a chance for a new beginning. Now is the time for all threats against civilians to stop, as the United Nations Security Council demanded. Now is the time to create a new Libya – a state based on freedom, not fear; democracy, not dictatorship; the will of the many, not the whims of a few.”
12:00am: Libya’s rebel fighters will halt their offensive if Muammar Gaddafi announces his departure, the head of Libya’s rebel National Transitional Council said on Sunday. Mustapha Abd El Jalil added that the rebel forces would give Gaddafi and his sons safe passage out of the country.
11:50pm: “Clearly we’re into the last stage of the regime — the writing is on the wall,” Oana we’re into the last stage of the regime — the writing is on the wall,” Oana Lungescu, the chief Nato spokesman said. ”We’re seeing people packing their bags — three top people defecting in the last couple of days, and Gaddafi-controlled territory shrinking before our eyes.”
11:30pm: The United States sees the rebel offensive for Tripoli as clearly under way, and is urging the National Transitional Council (TNC) to start planning for the post-Gaddafi era in Libya, the U.S. State Department said on Sunday.
“Clearly the offensive for Tripoli is under way,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement. We continue efforts to encourage the TNC to maintain broad outreach across all segments of Libyan society and to plan for post-Gaddafi Libya. Gaddafi’s days are numbered. If Gaddafi cared about the welfare of the Libyan people, he would step down now.”
11:20pm: Libya’s defected ex-prime minister Abdes Salam Jalloud said Sunday he believed it was too late for his former ally Muammar Gaddafi to strike a deal to leave power and he would likely be killed. In an interview with Italian media he said:
11:05pm: Muammar Gaddafi’s government appears to have started crumbling on Sunday as hundreds of euphoric Libyan rebels overran a major military base defending the capital, carted away truckloads of weapons and raced to theoutskirts of Tripoli with virtually no resistance.
10:55pm: Crowds of ecstatic Libyans greeted the advancing rebel army in the capital Tripoli on Sunday, Britain’s Sky news reported, saying opposition forces were now about eight kilometres from the centre of the besieged city.
9:35pm: Libya’s defected ex-prime minister Abdes Salam Jalloud said Sunday he believed it was too late for his former ally Muammar Gaddafi to strike a deal to leave power and he would likely be killed. In an interview with Italian media he said:
He has no way of leaving Tripoli. All the roads are blocked. He can only leave with an international agreement and I think that door is closed.
I think it would be difficult for Gaddafi to give himself up. And he is not like Hitler who had the courage to kill himself… I don’t think the evolution of the situation in Tripoli will allow him to survive.
9:30pm: Abdullah Al-Senussi, head of the Libyan Intelligence Service speaks to the media in Tripoli August 21, 2011. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Sunday he will stay in Tripoli “until the end” and called on his supporters around the country to help liberate the capital from a rebel offensive.
9:21pm: Libyan rebels have pushed to the western outskirts of Tripoli without meeting any resistance after they overran a major military base that defends the capital. Associated Press reporters with the rebels said they reached the Tripoli suburb of Janzour around nightfall Sunday. They were greeted by civilians lining the streets and waving rebel flags.
9:16pm: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday he thought Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s rule in Libya was “nearing the end” and that it would be a “matter of hours” before his ouster. McCain, speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said that “we will be rid of a guy who has practiced the worst kind of brutalities.”
9:09pm: About 200 Libyan rebel fighters have reached the capital Tripoli in boats from Misrata to reinforce fighters already in the city, a pro-rebel activist in the capital told a Reuters reporter outside the country on Sunday.
8:57pm: A ship chartered by the International Organisation for Migration was to leave late Sunday for Tripoli from Benghazi in eastern Libya to evacuate about 300 foreigners. ”The boat is due to leave tonight from Benghazi to evacuate around 300 foreigners from Tripoli if the security situation will allow it,” Martin Jerrett told AFP.
8:54pm: Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi has rallied to his people via an audio announcement on Libya TV that they should come from all regions to liberate Tripoli. He said he was in the city, with his people and that together they would defend the city with its last drop of blood.
8:51pm: An anchor giving the news this weekend on Libyan state television lifted a gun on air and warned rebels trying to oust Moammar Gadhafi that staffers at al-Libiyah would become martyrs if they had to.
The United States continues to communicate closely with our allies, partners, and the (rebels’ Transitional National Council).“We believe that Gaddafi’s days are numbered, and that the Libyan people deserve a just, democratic and peaceful future,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
8:45pm: Fighting in Tripoli on Saturday night and Sunday morning killed 376 people on both sides and injured about 1,000, an official in Muammar Gaddafi’s government told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
8:35pm: Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute on Sunday to Libyan rebels battling Muammar Gaddafi’s troops in and around Tripoli and reaffirmed France’s full support for their cause.”At the moment when decisive events are taking place in the Tripoli region, in Tripoli itself, and elsewhere in Libya, the president salutes the courage of the rebel fighters and of the Libyan people who are rising up,” he said.
7:15pm: Breaking AJE: Germany to send troops to protect its diplomats in #Libya #Tripoli German Interior Ministry will not comment on the operations of special forces. De Spiegel reports that Germany has JUST sent special forces to #Libya to protect their diplomats. #Libya
5:40pm: Libyan freedom fighters advanced quickly eastwards towards Tripoli on Sunday, seizing weapons and tanks in the town of Gadayem after bloody clashes with retreating forces loyal to leader Moamer Gaddafi.
5:30pm: Libya coach Marco Paqueta said he was on the verge of quitting in the next few days as the continued participation of his side in the African Nations Cup qualifiers was in doubt. “It is increasingly difficult to give continuity to my work with the Libya team,” the 53-year-old Brazilian tweeted at the weekend (twitter.com/#!/Marcopaqueta). “I think this time next week we will have a conclusion.”
5:15pm: A Maltese ship heading for Tripoli to pick up refugees came under fire and could not dock in the port, Polish foreign ministry officials were quoted as saying on Sunday by Polish state news agency PAP. “The ship is waiting for a better moment to enter the port because during its first attempt it came under fire,” Paulina Kapuscinska, a spokeswoman from the ministry, told PAP.
3:50pm NATO says the situation in Libya is changing quickly and it’s becoming more difficult to identify and engage targets for airstrikes as the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi gains momentum. NATO spokesman Col. Roland Lavoie says he can’t confirm that because the situation on the ground had become so fluid in recent days that it’s difficult to track all developments. He says “there is no longer a traditional front line as we had in other phases of the conflict.”
3:20pm An operation dubbed Mermaid is underway in the capital with the goal of isolating the veteran leader and forcing his surrender or departure, a rebel spokesman told AFP. With rebels claiming to have seized three key towns and saying they are advancing on Tripoli from the west, the veteran leader urged supporters to “march by the millions” to liberate cities held by “traitors and rats.”
2:58pm In Tripoli on Sunday , the two sides appeared to be jockeying for control of rooftop terraces where they could place firing positions, possibly in preparation for a new burst of fighting after nightfall. A rebel activist in the city said pro-Gaddafi forces had put snipers on the rooftops of buildings around Bab al-Aziziyah, Gaddafi’s compound, and on the top of a nearby water tower.
2:37pm Libya soccer coach Marco Paqueta said he was on the verge of quitting in the next few days as the continued participation of his side in the African Nations Cup qualifiers was in doubt. ”It is increasingly difficult to give continuity to my work with the Libya team,” the 53-year-old Brazilian tweeted at the weekend. “I think this time next week we will have a conclusion.”
2:11pm Libyan rebels said they were less than 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Moammar Gadhafi’s main stronghold of Tripoli on Sunday, a day after opposition fighters launched their first attack on the capital itself. Fighters said a 600-strong rebel force that set out from Zawiya has reached the outskirts of the village of Jedaim and was coming under heavy fire from regime forces on the eastern side of the town. Murad Dabdoub, a fighter who returned to Zawiya from the front, told The Associated Press that Gadhafi’s forces were pounding rebel positions with rockets, mortars and anti-aircraft fire. The rebels’ arrival at Jedaim was also confirmed by Abdul-Bari Gilan, a doctor in Zawiya. He told the AP that he had treated a rebel who was wounded in the fighting at Jedaim.
2:03pm Rebels fighting for control of the Libyan capital Tripoli have killed 31 of Muammar Gaddafi’s forces and captured 42, Al Jazeera television said on Sunday, citing its correspondent. Explosions and gunfire rang out in Tripoli through Saturday night as opponents of Gaddafi launched an uprising and rebel forces edged
1:30pm: Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr is traveling with Libyan rebels to the west of Tripoli. She says that Libya’s opposition are in control of three Tripoli neighbourhoods: Fashloum, Zawiyat Dahmani, and Mansoura.
Mansoura is close to Bab Al Aziziya, the location of Muammar Gaddafi’s compound.
This is a live interview with Zeina from the frontline.
1:00pm: Opposition Fighters said a 600-strong rebel force that set out from Zawiya has reached the outskirts of the village of Jedaim and was coming under heavy fire from regime forces on the eastern side of the town. Murad Dabdoub, a fighter who returned to Zawiya from the front, told The Associated Press that Gadhafi’s forces were pounding rebel positions with rockets, mortars and anti-aircraft fire.
12:48pm: The Libyan consulate in the United Arab Emirates reopens today with a new, opposition-appointed ambassador Dr Aref Ali Nayed. The new Libyan ambassador to the UAE, says the reopened consulate is to become a focal point for the Libyan community after being avoided for decades by expatriates fearing trouble from government officials.
12:41pm:Tripoli based tweeter @2011feb17 tweets:Independence flags are everywhere in Zawyat Aldihmani. #feb17 #Libya #Tripoli
12:30pm: Guardian’s Luke Harding in AzZawiya talked to a Libyan-American who was working as a spotter for Nato strikes, who described the “very sophisticate co-ordination” now taking place. This outside help appears crucial to the rebel advance. Luke recounted asking another rebel why he believed his side would win, and getting the response–”I believe in God–and Nato.”
12:20pm: A small number of Britons who have remained in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, have decided to leave on a ship to Malta, the Foreign Office says.Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt told the BBC: “We are aware of foreign nationals being there, including some British nationals who are leaving this morning… They’re being protected through our arrangement with the Hungarian embassy.”
12:15pm:Sky News’ special correspondent Alex Crawford, who is in Jaddaim less than 20 miles (30 kilometres) from the capital., said the rebel force consisted of several dozen foot soldiers and an armed convoy have taken the town. She said they had encounted “very little resistance” as they passed into the next village of Mayah and advance towards Tripoli. “This is a march on the capital, they are heading for the presidential palace,” she said.
12:10pm: Opposition military spokesman Col Ahmed Bani confirmed that opposition forces had fallen back in the eastern oil port of Brega.”Yesterday, the industrial zone was under our complete control, but the truth is that today the situation has changed due to heavy artillery shelling,” Col Bani said on Saturday.”We withdrew to the eastern part of the industrial zone.”
11:50am:@matthewwprice tweets:It’s pretty clear there is a huge battle going on right now in a part of #Tripoli Fighting intense #Libya #Gadaffi
“What is clear is that an uprising in Tripoli, which was always going to happen when people felt that there was an opportunity being produced by the efforts outside Tripolito make it safe to rise against the Qadhafi regime, that has plainly started”–Alistair Burt
10:59am: Rebels today have advanced from Zawiyah, the coastal city with a key oil reinfery, to al-Mayah, around 17 kilometers farther east down the road toward Tripoli. Advances look to be coming more quickly now that fighting has begun in Tripoli.
10:49am: Libya’s defected former number two Abdessalam Jalloud has urged the tribe of strongman Moamer Kadhafi to disown the embattled “tyrant”, in a statement aired Sunday on Al-Jazeera news channel.
10:36am: A resident of the Tajoura neighbourhood in Tripoli tells Al Jazeera that around 450 prisoners were freed from a military base after residents took control of the area and pushed out Gaddafi forces, who are currently shelling the neighborhood. The prisoners are in poor health, he said.
9:51am: He and his neighbours went out last night and have blocked the roads in the area. They are armed with AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. This morning, security forces armed with heavy machine guns arrived to confront the men and took up positions on the roofs of nearby buildings.
9:41am: The blasts were heard shortly after 4:00am local time in the heart of the city as NATO warplanes flew overhead, an AFP journalist said. The targets were not immediately identifiable.
9:39am: Four strong explosions rocked Tripoli early Sunday amid reports that rebels had cut off crucial supply lines to the capital as clashes raged between forces loyal to Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi and fighters challenging his long rule.
9:05am: Explosions and gunfire rocked Tripoli through the night as opponents of Muammar Gaddafi rose up in the capital, declaring a final push to topple the Libyan leader after a six-month war reached the city’s outskirts.
8:52am: Heavy gunfire and mortar rounds have been heard in Tripoli, as rebels inch closer to the Libyan capital from the western mountains. ”Tripoli is essentially being strangled,” says NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.
8:50am: As rebel fighters tighten the noose around the Libyan capital still controlled by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, Malta is bracing itself for a fresh round of evacuations by foreign nationals holed up in Tripoli.
8:47am: Libyan rebels control most of the Tajourah district in the east of the capital and have surrounded an airbase there, an opposition activist in Tripoli told a Reuters reporter outside of Libya.
8:44am: It is impossible to confirm whether people were wounded or killed in Tripoli overnight, but witnesses have been calling into our sister channel Al Jazeera Arabic reporting deaths at the hands of regime security forces. Some protesters have said that more than 100 people were killed in Souq al-Jomaa and Hadba.
8:41am: Gaddafi is probably not in Tripoli at the moment, Bashir Sewehli, a Libyan activist, tells us here in the studio.”He’s not that stupid,” Saif al-Islam gave a speech on state television overnight, and Sewehli said it’s unclear where he might be.
8:38am: State television showed Saif al-Islam addressing a youth conference. A roomful of supporters broke into occasional chants and applause as he declared the rebels would be defeated. ”The revolt in Libya will not succeed. You will never see us as Libyans surrender and raise the white flag.”
8:32am: Head of the Political affairs of the NTC, Fathi Baja said: ”There is certain information tells that forces loyal to Gaddafi withdrew and left their weapons behind in areas outside Tripoli. And I think everything is in order in Tripoli, rebels are approaching al-Sareem Street nearby Bab al-Azizia complex.”
8:26am: State TV has broadcast an audio message from Gaddafi. He called the opposition fighting him “traitors”.”I can’t understand how Libya is now in this state.”You need to Love Libya… how can you allow those people to play with Libya? Instead of being happy we’re sad. ”People who were happy last Ramadan are sad this Ramadan.
8:23am: A rebel radio station in Zintan has said that the “Tripoli Brigades” and “National Liberation Army” are on the outskirts of Tripoli. As far as we can confirm, however, rebel forces remain in Zawiyah, Zlitan, and Gharyan.
8:14am: Tunisia’s Foreign Ministry has recognized the Libyan rebels’ National Transitional Council as the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people, the official Tunisian TAP news agency reported Saturday.