Libyan rebels says Tripoli security a priority

August 22, 2011 15:02


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BENGHAZI, Libya - Senior Libyan rebel officials slipped into Tripoli before their fighters occupied most it over the weekend and they are working with existing authorities to establish security, a rebel official said on Monday.

"At the top of the plan is security," said Abdullah Gzema, a member of the rebels' National Transitional Council (NTC), in the east Libyan rebel bastion of Benghazi.

Four NTC members traveled to Tripoli before rebel fighters closed in on the city to prepare for the downfall of leader Muammar Gaddafi, he said.

"They have contacted the people belonging to the local committees. There is communication," said Gzema.

Rebel leaders did not want their front-line fighters to be in charge of security in the capital and other towns and cities, he said, but rather civilian authorities.

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