Libyan rebels attack gates of Gaddafi's Tripoli compound

NATO planes fly low over Bab al-Aziziya compound, no confirmation Gaddafi stronghold bombed; explosions reported inside compound.

August 23, 2011 15:18
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Blast rattles Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli, Tues.

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DUBAI - Libyan rebels battling forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi attacked the gates of his fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli on Tuesday as NATO planes flew low overheard, Arab news channel Al Arabiya reported.

NATO confirmed it had aircraft deployed over Tripoli, but could not confirm it had bombed Gaddafi's compound.

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Explosions were heard inside the compound, Arabiya reported, with fighting mostly concentrated on the western side.

"The revolutionaries are trying to get in through the Old Gate on the western side. If they're successful, the fighting will move inside the compound," Muftah Ahmad Othman, a rebel in Tripoli, told the news channel.

Britain's Sky TV also reported that smoke could be seen billowing from the compound following a NATO air strike.

Located in the southern center of Tripoli, the six square km complex is home to Gaddafi's private quarters as well as a military barracks and other installations.

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