Gaddafi on state TV 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Libyan TV)
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi helped his son Mohammed flee house arrest on Monday, Al Jazeera television reported, as rebels sought to secure full control of the capital Tripoli.
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Mohammed Gaddafi was among three of Gaddafi's sons to be captured by the rebels. The loyalist fighters stormed the house where Mohammed was held and set him free after clashes with guards there, the pan-Arab news channel said. It said NATO was working with the rebels to mount coordinated air strikes on Muammar Gaddafi's heavily fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in the capital.
Earlier on Monday, Libyan rebels captured Gaddafi's son Saadi, Al Arabiyah
television reported, citing the head of the rebel National
Transitional Council Mustafa
Abdul-Jalil, has said no one knows the whereabouts of Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi, Al Arabiya reported.
Al Arabiya also quoted him as saying no negotiations are under
way between the rebel leadership and the International Criminal Court,
based in The Hague, on Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, one of the leader's sons
now being held by the rebels. An ICC official said earlier talks were
under way with the rebels on transferring Saif al-Islam to the war
The ICC in June issued arrest warrants for
Gaddafi, his son and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi
on charges of crimes against humanity after the UN Security Council
referred the Libyan situation to the court in February.
Also on Monday,
Libya's Jamahiriyah state television channel went off the air
and a rebel spokesman said forces opposed to Muammar Gaddafi had taken
control of state TV headquarters in Tripoli.
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stormed the television building ... after killing the soldiers
surrounding it. It is now under their control," the spokesman said. He
was speaking after television screens airing the Jamahiriyah station
National Transitional Council Coordinator Adel Dabbechi confirmed Saturday night that
Gaddafi's younger son Saif had been captured. The International
Criminal Court in The Hague confirmed he had been held and said
he should be handed over for trial.
other son Khamis was leading a military force towards central Tripoli,
Al Arabiya TV said on Tuesday, citing rebel sources. The Dubai-based channel said the forces departed from
Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound.
Gaddafi's eldest son Mohammed Al-Gaddafi had surrendered to rebel
forces, Dabbechi told Reuters. In a television interview, the younger
Gaddafi said gunmen had surrounded his house, but he later told
al-Jazeera in a phone call that he and his family were unharmed.
The fighters swept into the heart of Tripoli and crowds took
to the streets to celebrate what they saw as the end of Muammar
Gaddafi's four decades of power, but a government fightback was reported
as dawn broke on Monday.
A column of hundreds of rebel
fighters and pickup trucks carrying rocket launchers moved
through the Libyan capital towards the central Green Square on
Monday, a Reuters reporter in the city said.
The rebels in the column were shouting "Allahu Akbar!" or
"God is greatest!"
Tanks emerged from Gaddafi's stronghold
in the center of the Libyan capital and were shelling the area, Al
Jazeera television reported.
Despite euphoria among rebels and
their backers in Tripoli and elsewhere, a rebel spokesman, identified on
Al Jazeera as Nasser, said government troops still controlled "about 15
to 20 percent of the city".
Earlier, rebels waving opposition
flags and firing into the air drove into Green Square, a symbolic
showcase the government had until recently used for mass demonstrations
in support of the now embattled Gaddafi. Rebels immediately began
calling it Martyrs Square.
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