Aid poised to flow as fog of war lifts in Tripoli

GENEVA - Humanitarian aid workers said onTuesday a rapid resolution to the Libyan conflict would helpthem bring urgent help to the residents of Tripoli, wheremedicine and fuel supplies have run low and many foreigners havefled.

Any prolongation of the conflict in Tripoli could bedisastrous, since the civilian population faces much greaterrisks from continued fighting than they have during the past sixmonths of a slowly tightening siege.

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

But there was no word on the fate of the Libyan leader andthe potential for further fighting, especially after prematureclaims of rebel gains, have made aid agencies wary of loweringtheir guard.

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