Rebels hunt for Gaddafi son Saadi in Tripoli hotel

August 24, 2011 23:54

TRIPOLI - Bursts of gunfire rang out near the Corinthia Hotel in central Tripoli late on Wednesday and a column of smoke rose from the direction of the shooting, a Reuters correspondent at the hotel said.

Earlier, a group of heavily armed rebels arrived at the hotel, saying they had heard Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi was inside and that they would search every room for him.

A Reuters reporter saw about half a dozen rebels arrive in the hotel forecourt in a truck mounted with an anti-aircraft gun. The men ran into the hotel and blocked off access to the elevators as they prepared to search the building room by room.

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