Sunday, August 21, 2011

Libyan fighters enter capital from west

Fighters drive towards the frontline in the village of Mayah, some 30 kilometers west of the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday, August 21, 2011

Source: Press TV

Libyan opposition fighters enter the capital, Tripoli from the west as they continued to tighten their grip on the city, which is the embattled dictator Muammar Gaddafi's last stronghold.

Revolutionary forces are already in control of the Ras Ajdir border crossing in the west, AFP reported on Sunday.

A group of fighters have managed to take control of an Army barracks at a western entrance to Tripoli, hitting it with missiles and other ammunition.

They also released dozens of prisoners held in village of Maya, which is located 25 kilometers west of Tripoli, they said.

Penetrating into the city also from the east, they managed to seize control of the Tripoli suburb of Tajura.

Their Spokesman Abdullah Melitan, meanwhile, said they had entered the capital via sea in an operation launched from their positions in the city of Misratah on the country's northwestern coast.

Libya has been the scene of intense fighting between government troops and opposition forces since a revolution seeking to topple Gaddafi began in mid-February.

The besieged regime has, however, remained defiant with government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim insisting that the capital is defended by 'thousands' of troops and volunteers.

Gaddafi has said the regime will 'emerge victorious' even as fighters were being fêted with cheers in Tripoli.

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