Sunday, July 24, 2011

You can hear explosions in Tripoli while NATO attacks Gadhafi complex

- Explosions rocked the center of Tripoli for the second straight night, while Britain said on Sunday that weeks of NATO bombing led to great damage to the fortified residence of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The Libyan leader clings to power despite four months of NATO air attacks and a long conflict with rebels who demand an end to his term of 41 years, who have captured vast expanses of the North African country.

The explosions rocked Tripoli near 01:00 hours in the morning on Sunday, a day after NATO launched attacks on what he said was a military command in the Libyan capital. Maj. Gen. Nick Pope, Communications Officer Chief of Staff, said Air Force aircraft attacked the high walls Real perimeter of the Bab al-Aziziyah of Gadhafi.

"Gadhafi has been hidden for decades the Libyan people behind these walls. The big enclosure Bab al-Aziziyah is not only your personal residence, but more importantly it also is the headquarters of his regime to command and control facilities military and bars, "Pope said on Sunday. "Successive NATO attacks in recent weeks caused extensive damage to military facilities inside," he said.

With the war stretching over what many initially expected, the West increasingly expected a negotiated end to the conflict. The Libyan government also appears to have a desire to talk. Government spokesman Ibrahim Moussa said on Friday that Libyan representatives were prepared to hold further negotiations with the United States and the rebels, but that Gaddafi would not resign.

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