Libyans celebrating the capture of Tripoli 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)
AL-MAYA/TRIPOLI - Rebel fighters streamed into Tripoli as Muammar Gaddafi's forces collapsed and crowds took to the streets to celebrate, tearing down posters of the Libyan leader early on Monday morning.
A convoy of rebels entered a western neighborhood of the city, firing their weapons into the air. Rebels said the whole of the city was under their control except Gaddafi's Bab Al-Aziziya-Jazeera stronghold, according to al-Jazeera Television.
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Gaddafi made two audio addresses over state television calling on Libyans to fight off the rebels. The whereabouts of the emabattled Libyan leader were unknown,
"I am afraid if we don't act, they will burn Tripoli," he said. "There will be no more water, food, electricity or freedom."
Gaddafi, a colorful and often brutal autocrat who has ruled Libya for
over 40 years, said he was breaking out weapons stores to arm the
population. His spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, predicted a violent reckoning
by the rebels.