Libyan rebels enter Tripoli

Libyan rebel fighter dashes over a street to evade sniper fire in a town 40 kilometres outside Tripoli, during the advance on the capital. [Reuters]
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Libyan rebel fighter dashes over a street to evade sniper fire in a town 40 kilometres outside Tripoli, during the advance on the capital. [Reuters]

Last Updated: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 04:36:00 +1000

Libyan rebels have entered the capital Tripoli and expect it to fall to them in a matter of hours.

They had launched a fierce battle for Tripoli, capturing a barracks and overrunning the suburb of Tajura.

But the country's leader Colonel Gaddafi is vowing not to surrender.

Earlier a group of rebels arrived by sea in the capital before joining other rebels to launch the assault, codenamed "Mermaid".

Other rebels arrived in the capital in a 100-vehicle convoy and were greeted with cheers by residents, some firing celebratory gunfire welcoming their arrival.

Rebel leaders say they expected Tripoli to fall within hours.

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