Aid poised to flow as fog of war lifts in Tripoli

August 23, 2011 20:31

GENEVA - Humanitarian aid workers said on Tuesday a rapid resolution to the Libyan conflict would help them bring urgent help to the residents of Tripoli, where medicine and fuel supplies have run low and many foreigners have fled.

Any prolongation of the conflict in Tripoli could be disastrous, since the civilian population faces much greater risks from continued fighting than they have during the past six months of a slowly tightening siege.

Gaddafi's four decades of absolute power appeared over on Tuesday as rebels burst into his compound in Tripoli after a fierce battle with a loyalist rearguard.

But there was no word on the fate of the Libyan leader and the potential for further fighting, especially after premature claims of rebel gains, have made aid agencies wary of lowering their guard.

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