Libya fighting

Key points

  • UK jets bomb a bunker in Col Gaddafi's birthplace of Sirte as Libyan rebels prepare to launch an offensive on the town.
  • Rebels say their administration is working out of Tripoli, where sporadic violence is reported. Col Gaddafi's whereabouts remain unknown.
  • The UN urges restraint from all sides amid reports of revenge killings. It can also release $1.5bn in frozen Libyan assets after a US-South Africa deal.
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    Jim in Port au Prince, Haiti,

    writes: The BBC has shown pictures of heavy artillery moving and firing toward Sirte: How is Nato planning to protect the civilians there?

    Daniel from Milan, Italy

    writes: Water, medicines, doctors and cash need to be sent to Libya ASAP. We need actions, not words. Great nations are not measured by their posturing but with actions. Can UN leaders just do something useful and not waste their time talking to the media.

    Kadri in Tripoli

    emails: Rebel fighters discriminately killed any suspect to be from Gaddafi's tribe and labelled them enemies. Nato killed many innocent civilians. The city is chaos.

    Via Twitter @RRowleyTucson

    tweets: Infighting reported between members of #Gaddafi tribe in #Sirte. Some want to surrender, others very PRO Gaddafi. #Libya #feb17

    Via Twitter Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons,

    tweets: 02.20G: Nato warplanes now flying lower and louder over Tripoli. But haven't heard any bombs drop.


    Libya's disparate rebel groups have been brought under the command of the rebel military council, AP cites the top rebel commander in Tripoli, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, as saying. It comes amid concern about the possibility of fragmentation of rebel forces after toppling Col Gaddafi.

    Ahmed in Tripoli

    Nato didn't care about the death of civilians. All migrants from African countries are massacred by rebels, including my friend. They say they are Gaddafi soldiers. Why? Why? Why did you repeat the past mistakes you did to African people?

    2224: Wyre Davies BBC News

    has taken this picture of the hospital in the district of Abu Salim, where dozens of dead bodies were found

    Hospital in Abu Salim
    Associated Press' Hadeel Al-Shalchi

    tweets: Went to visit the Abu Salim hospital today in #Tripoli. Was a horrifying & eery building with no doctors or nurses..just rotting dead bodies

    2216: John Simpson World Affairs Editor, BBC News,

    says he was required to wear a mask to go inside the hospital. The scenes inside, he said, defied the imagination, with floors thick with blood and an overwhelming stench of death. Even with three masks, the stench was nauseating, he said, and he had to be careful not to slip on blood as he walked down the corridor.

    2212: John Simpson World Affairs Editor, BBC News,

    says doctors across Tripoli have come to help out at the hospital, which lies in an area which has seen fierce fighting. Staff fled days ago for their own safety, but wounded people kept coming.

    2207: John Simpson World Affairs Editor, BBC News,

    who is at the hospital in Abu Salim where more than 100 decomposed bodies have been found, says it is one of the most terrible incidents of the entire revolution.

    2151: Via Twitter Al Jazeera English

    tweets: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: It may be "desirable" that the UN send a "policing group" to #Libya to ensure stability

    2146: The Guardian covers Libyan novelist

    Hisham Matar at the Edinburgh international book festival: "For the first time in our history, the idea of democracy is a real, tangible idea, not a fairy tale."


    Italian Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa has ruled out the possibility of either Italian troops or Nato forces becoming involved on the ground in Libya, BBC Monitoring reports. The Giornale di Sicilia quoted Mr La Russa as saying that it was not clear how long it would take for the remnants of the Gaddafi regime to be finally defeated, but that there would be no ground intervention.

    2123: CNN's Jomana Karadsheh,

    one of the journalists who was held hostage at the Rixos Hotel, tweets: THANK U for all the messages!!! Appreciating freedom and what life has to offer.. but thinking of many Libyan friends still in #Tripoli #Libya


    The border post at Ras Jedir was taken by about 100 rebel fighters without "any real clashes" after pro-Gaddafi forces withdrew, AFP news agency reports, citing a Tunisian official. Also, National Transitional Council representative Adel Debachi said on Tunisian television four Gaddafi loyalist soldiers were captured, AFP reported.


    Russia's Nato envoy, Dmitriy Rogozin, says if reports alleging that British and French special forces have been engaged in ground operations in Libya prove correct, it would constitute a breach of the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 on Libya. In an interview with Russia's state-owned Rossiya 24 news channel, Mr Rogozin said that there was "direct evidence" to support the allegations, BBC Monitoring reports. The UN resolution authorised "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians but barred "a foreign occupation force of any form".

    2057: The Telegraph's Rob Crilly

    tweets: Hearing that Gaddafi forces have been trying to disrupt Tripoli water supplies (and I hope nothing more sinister besides) #libya

    2055: Mahmood in Benghazi

    emails: These Nato imperialists must leave Libyan soil and must stop bombing Africa immediately. Stop your imperialism.


    The NTC's mouthpiece, Qatar-based Libya TV, has called for underage pro-Gaddafi fighters to be treated leniently, BBC Monitoring reports. The TV called on pro-NTC fighters to remember that any member of the pro-Gaddafi forces who is under 18 is still a child and should be treated as such. "It is not acceptable for him to be imprisoned with adults unless they are members of his family," Libya TV said.


    The battle at the Ras Jedir border post has ended with rebel forces driving out pro-Gaddafi soldiers, Reuters reports. Two witnesses tell the news agency the victorious rebels have hoisted their green, red and black flag. Control of the border post is crucial for opening supply routes from Tunisia into Tripoli.

    2031: The BBC's Matthew Price

    tweets: To anyone thinking of going into #Libya do be prepared for worse violence to come. Saw several freelancers going in w/o body armor. Crazy.

    2028: Via Twitter The BBC's Lyse Doucet

    tweets: In Tripoli, banks are shut, money exchanges and gold markets shut, black markets say no #Libya dinars.


    The head of the NTC's executive board, Mahmoud Jibril, is now in Cairo, BBC Monitoring reports. The Egyptian news agency MENA says Mr Jibril is due to meet the Egyptian leadership and attend a meeting of the ministerial council of the Arab League during his two-day visit to Egypt.


    Rebel forces and pro-Gaddafi forces have exchanged gunfire at the Tunisian border, BBC Monitoring reports. The Tunisian news agency TAP said that the fighting broke out when forces loyal to the National Transitional Council attempted to take the Ras Jedir border crossing point from forces loyal to Col Gaddafi.


    Now that Gaddafi is in hiding, the former deputy secretary general of the United Nations, Lord Malloch-Brown, tells the BBC it is important that the Libyans quickly sort out how the country will be run: "At this point in pretty much every Arab revolt there's a call for a strong man, everybody looks for the new Nasser. Well, today's Nasser ends up usually being tomorrow's Gaddafi. It's really important that they resist that and govern in an inclusive way, which means some kind of committee structure."

    2005: CNN's Sara Sidner

    tweets: Tripoli has gone dark. Lights out across the city.

    2004: female_masrya in Egypt

    tweets: Had friends escaped fm #libya before the final fall. ppl were lay'n on airport floor beaten by pro #gaddafi & some were dead #gaddaficrimes

    2002: OnlyOneLibya

    tweets: Too many weapons on the street, they have to be handed in to some sort of authority that the NTC has to set up. #Libya


    Britain is seeking UN approval to release about \u00a31bn in frozen Libyan funds to the Libyan Central Bank. The request has been submitted to the UN sanctions committee and distributed to members of the Security Council. A British diplomat says the money would be used to pay salaries, buy medicine and food, and meet other humanitarian needs.

    1938: The Economist

    tweets: Things may still go wrong in #Libya, but that doesn't mean that the fall of Qaddafi is not a score for Obama


    On Col Gaddafi's alleged plan to send migrants over the sea to turn the Italian island of Lampedusa into an "inferno", Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini tells Sky Italia television: "Putting desperate people on a boat and pushing them off to sea - sending them to die in the Mediterranean - is something very close to being another crime against humanity, for which the regime will have to answer."


    Kirsty Campbell of International Medical Corps tells the BBC it has been hard to treat those who are injured in Tripoli: "We managed to get a boat in from Misrata with some medical supplies two days ago, and I've just been down to the port now and had some doctors that came in from Malta. So at least there is some kind of supply chain, but I know that it has been very difficult."

    1920: The BBC's Lyse Doucet

    says the National Transitional Council hopes to downplay any sense that the rebels are riven by ethnic, regional or tribal differences, but she says the fighters arriving at the capital have a "band of brothers" attachment to the men whom they fought alongside.

    1919: The BBC's Lyse Doucet

    says members of the National Transitional Council have begun to trickle into Tripoli, where a separate local rebel council has already taken shape. "The big question is how do you merge different authorities. But in the end, nobody can do anything until we have security."


    Ahmed tells BBC World Have Your Say: "Gaddafi's snipers shot at us in our home... There were three shots at my brother's house: one in his bedroom, one in the kitchen and the other room... We lived in Zawiya in dark days... And now everything is good."


    Assad in Zawiya tells BBC World Have Your : "We have lost many lives. We will keep in our mind all these names who sacrificed their lives for a new future for us."


    Dr Sabrey, in Zawiya, tells BBC World Have Your Say: "I've seen people hanged, seen my colleagues - professors - hanged in front of students in the streets. Now if you say this is wrong, or not suitable, or if they see in your face you're not happy, they prosecute you, put in jail, and you might be hanged afterwards."


    More details now on those scenes of horror at Abu Salim hospital in Tripoli, where correspondents have found hundreds of bodies.

    Labour MP Denis MacShane

    tweets: Debate on Swiss radio with two specialists on Libya. We all agreed supreme test for UN and Arab League to take over from Nato. Here's hoping


    tweets: PLEASE SPREAD TO AID ORGANIZATIONS: contact from #tripoli medical center told me that with the discovery of the drugs #gaddafi has hidden, right now what is most needed is well equipped ambulances and fuel.


    The burnt-out shell of a Libyan airliner after fighting at the airport.

    Burnt-out passenger jet at Tripoli airport - 26 August 2011

    The German government has announced that the first tranche of a euros 100m loan is in the process of being paid to the NTC, BBC Monitoring reports. The German TV channel ARD quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying that euros 75m was currently being paid out.


    Assad's brother, Ibrahim, says: "To protect myself and my people and my sons and daughters, my father and mother, I made a decision to get a gun."

    1827: Assad in Zawiya

    tells BBC World Have Your Say: "We never used a gun before... We joined the revolution here in Zawiya to help our brothers in Benghazi."


    A rebel commander says Tripoli is 95% in rebel hands. "There are just a few pockets of resistance," in the neighbourhoods of Salah al-Din and Abu Salim, Abdel Nagib Mlegta told AFP. He said he hoped Col Gaddafi would be caught within the next 72 hours.


    There were similar reports earlier in the week that Col Gaddafi was cornered but he has not yet been found.


    An NCT official tells Reuters that rebel forces have surrounded an area of Tripoli where Col Gaddafi and his entourage were hiding. "The area where he is now is under siege," Mohammed al-Alagi said. "The rebels are monitoring the area and they are dealing with it."


    AFP quotes an Algerian foreign ministry statement that Algiers will stick to the policy of "strict neutrality" it has adopted since the start of the conflict.


    Algeria has denied a Reuters report which quoted a government source saying Algiers was ready to recognise the NCT if they promised to fight the regional branch of al-Qaeda, BBC Monitoring reports, quoting Algerian radio.


    Three days after Col Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli fell to rebels, the statue of a giant hand clutching a Western jet is covered in graffiti.

    Statue in Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli - 26 August 2011
    1752: Wyre Davies BBC News

    says there were no doctors, nurses or other staff at the hospital - they fled when the fighting reached the area.

    1750: Wyre Davies BBC News

    says the bodies he saw at Abu Salim hospital were too badly decomposed to see how they had died. He described wards piled with bodies, with more lying outside. Abu Salim district saw heavy fighting in recent days.


    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Mahmoud Jibril, the head of the NTC's Executive Board, that Turkey is ready to support Libya, BBC Monitoring reports. According to the Turkish news agency Anatolia, Mr Erdogan told Mr Jibril - who is visiting Turkey - that Libyans had to be allowed to determine their own future.

    1738: Wyre Davies BBC News

    says there are about 200 bodies at the hospital in Tripoli's Abu Salim district. Some are men of fighting age, others are women and children.

    1727: Noel Mwakugu BBC News, Addis Ababa

    says the African Union security council took eight hours to decide not to recognise the NTC as the legitimate authority of Libya - reflecting the divisions in the body over the issue.


    An imam at the first Friday prayers in Tripoli since it fell to the rebels said they had "liberated the land inch by inch, house by house, alley by alley," using a well-known phrase from a Gaddafi speech against the uprising, says AP. Worshippers laughed or shouted "Allahu Akbar" in response.

    1714: Jon Leyne BBC News

    is in Benghazi. He says the NTC's announced move to Tripoli is largely cosmetic. Their media people and the oil ministry are there but the main leaders are staying in Benghazi because Tripoli's airport is not yet secure and so they can only meet foreign leaders and diplomats in Benghazi.

    1710: Clive Myrie BBC News

    adds that Sirte is Col Gaddafi's hometown and the last bastion of support for him. NTC commanders do not want it to become a hotbed of an insurgency - so the town must fall, whether by negotiation or by force.

    1701: Clive Myrie BBC News

    is with the rebels advancing on Sirte. He says rebel commanders are trying to talk to elders in Sirte to negotiate the peaceful surrender of the city while at the same time building up forces for an attack if necessary.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons

    tweets: ICRC have now evacuated Abu Salem Trauma Hospital. 21 seriously needing surgery transferred...


    Dubai-based pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Arabiya asks where are Gaddafi's female bodyguards?


    "Don't let the pictures give you the impression that the outcome is still in the balance, because it isn't" - the BBC's World Affairs Editor John Simpson on the state of play in Libya.


    More details on the NTC's claim that $2.9bn is missing from Libya's sovereign wealth fund (see 1621 and 1618 entries).

    Jonny Hallam BBC News

    tweets from Libya's eastern front: All along road to #sirte 100s of km of power lines are down. How long will they take to repair?

    Irish journalist for Reuters in Uganda, Barry Malone

    tweets: AU #Libya presser verged on sadly comical at times w/ Zuma making PSC Commissioner read same paragraph 3 times instead of answering some q's

    Nkunda Rwanda

    tweets: Nelson #Mandela taught us that sometimes it is necessary to talk with the vilest of your enemies, to forgive and move on.Tell that to #Libya


    "It seems that there was a misappropriation of funds and misuse of funds and misconduct of funds. I believe up to now about $2.9bn, but of course the specific losses in certain funds might be higher," said Mahmoud Badi, appointed by the NTC to unfreeze Libya's assets. He has held a number of positions in the Gaddafi government.


    The NTC's point man on unfreezing Libyan assets has told the BBC that $2.9bn (\u00a31.8bn) is missing from the Libyan investment fund.

    The Telegraph's Rob Crilly

    tweets: Sounds like NTC move to Tripoli is rather cosmetic at the moment. They have tent in the Nafusa mountains. Commute in for meetings


    The AU has called for "an all-inclusive transitional government" in Libya that would take in members of Col Gaddafi's administration.


    At the African Union's emergency Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, President Zuma called for an immediate ceasefire.


    South African President Jacob Zuma says the African Union would not recognise the NTC as the legitimate government as long as the fighting continued. "If there is fighting, there is fighting. So we can't stand here and say this is the legitimate [government] now. The process is fluid. That's part of what we inform countries - whether there is an authority to recognise," " Reuters quoted him as saying.


    On a more positive note, CNN correspondent Arwa Damon tweets: 17yro fighter wants 2 B ambassador, says 1st thing when this is over "i want to see my mother & get rid of this (gun) in my hands" #libya

    C4's Alex Thomson

    tweets: My blog from Abu Salim hospital. Warning - it's a little heavy


    We have the full interview that BBC's The World at One, on Radio 4, did with Human Rights Watch researcher Sidney Kwiram, whom we quoted in the 1511 entry. Her account of what appear to be atrocities committed in Tripoli makes for gripping listening.

    The Washington Post's Simon Denyer

    tweets: Rebels seem to have control of most of Abu Salim neighborhood in #Tripoli after Thursday's clashes but admitted it was not completely safe.


    People in Tripoli have been attending the last Friday prayers of Ramadan, and the last Friday prayers before the month of daylight fasting ends with Eid next week. "It will be the happiest Eid in 42 years," Mohammed al-Misrati told Reuters news agency. "We have a taste of freedom after 42 years of repression and oppression. We have discovered freedom."


    Campaign group Human Rights Watch has one investigator working in Tripoli. Sidney Kwiram described to the BBC what she found upon reaching a site where a number of bodies had been discovered: "We're in central Tripoli now, near Gaddafi's compound Bab al-Aziziya and we're coming across bodies. They've been clearly sitting here for a while... [deep breath] ... my... one, two, three, four, five, six. It's hard to see from this, what exactly has happened to them."

    Guardian correspondent Martin Chulov

    tweets: Two Africans with bullet wounds among #Gaddafi men. 1 from Niger, 1 from Senegal. Both accused by doctors of being hired guns. #Libya


    The rebel-run oil firm Agoco says foreign oil companies are still assessing security in Libya, before workers return, Reuters reports.

    1459: Tim Reid BBC Scotland political correspondent

    Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi - released by Scotland's government two years ago on compassionate grounds - has not yet breached the terms of his release, says the Scottish government. He is not due to contact officials at East Renfrewshire council "for some time yet", the Scottish government says, although attempts to contact him have not been successful.

    Guardian correspondent Martin Chulov

    tweets: Met a ward full of wounded #Gaddafi men. Asked; 'why did u fight'?. Answer; 'He wasn't the man we thought he was'. #Libya

    Ian Baxter from Banstead

    writes: I think we need to stop calling the rebels, "rebels," as they are now the government/ruling force.

    Mark V. Vanlalrema

    tweets: Most media dubbed them "rebels". Was Libya so hopeless that there's only rebels and no other freedom -fighting groups?

    1438: Frank, Kampala, Uganda

    emails: Thank you Nato esp. Britain and France who have helped to remove a tyrant in Libya. I wish you could do that in other African countries.


    African Union officials say 20 African states have individually recognised Libya's rebel council, Reuters reports - no AU unanimity it seems.


    Pro-Gaddafi Al-Urubah TV is continuing with its defiant tone, re-broadcasting Col Gaddafi's "appeal to the Libyan people" and archive footage of pro-Gaddafi rallies, BBC Monitoring reports.


    Norway is ready to release $370m in frozen Libyan assets held in Norwegian banks as soon as the UN gives the go-ahead, the Norway Post reports.


    The African Union will not explicitly recognise Libya's rebel council, Reuters quotes a western diplomat as saying.


    "We have terrible messages in our possession and they will be made public soon," Avvenire quoted Mr Frattini as saying. "We have proof of orders given by Gaddafi's government to transform Lampedusa into an inferno: 'Put thousands of desperate people on boats and throw the island into chaos.'"


    There were reports earlier in the year that Libyan authorities were either turning a blind eye to migrants setting out across the Mediterranean, or actively encouraging them. Now a report in the Italian newspaper appears to back up such claims, with Foreign Minister Franco Frattini saying Col Gaddafi wanted to turn the island of Lampedusa into an "inferno".

    The BBC's Lyse Doucet

    tweets: Checkpost Tripoli, rebel manning it used to live London, says "cheers." #Liverpool fan drives up, shouts "you'll never walk alone" #Libya

    Channel 4 News' Alex Thomson

    is in Tripoli. He tweets: Abu Salim hospital - some of the worst things I ever saw - untransmittable horror #c4news#Libya


    Al-Jazeera is reporting fighting between rebels and Gaddafi loyalists at Ras Ajdir, on the border between Libya and Tunisia.


    More from Aref Ali Nayed on rebel plans for Libyan assets they hope will be released to them: "We already have budgeting for the various sectors in three phases: the urgent phase, the intermediate phase and long term phase," he says. Under the urgent category he mentioned medical needs and food security.


    Despite reports of intense fighting around the airport in Tripoli, rebel spokesman Aref Ali Nayed has told the BBC World Service: "The city is under our control or more precisely under the control of the Libyan people, and Libyan youth. And this youth is being co-ordinated through a supreme committee for security."

    The BBC's Lyse Doucet

    tweets: Water shortages in Tripoli. On one street, residents are filling buckets from a water tanker provided by a kind local businessman #Libya


    A warning from the UN to bounty hunters tempted by a $1.7m reward that Libyan businessmen have offered for Col Gaddafi, dead or alive: "The rule of law is essential," says spokesman Rupert Colville. "That applies to Gaddafi as well as everybody else... summary execution is not permissible in peace time or in war time."


    As the endgame in Libya drags on, the Nato mission also continues: "Key hits" for Thursday include 29 armed vehicles and a "command and control node" in the vicinity of Sirte, and a surface-to-air missile transloader and missile launcher in the vicinity of Tripoli, the alliance says.


    The aftermath of battle in Abu Salim, Tripoli. Charred mannequins are loaded into a van.

    Van in Abu Salim, Tripoli, 26 August 2011

    Col Gaddafi's former state media infrastructure appears to now be under the control of the NTC, BBC Monitoring reports. The satellite frequencies formerly used by Al-Jamahiriyah TV are broadcasting a new radio station over the picture of the "crescent and star" flag of the Libyan uprising.


    From the NTC's Mahmoud Jibril: "We are entering a phase which we could call the phase of managing expectations."

    Steve in Kenya

    emails: Rebels appear to target black-skinned people in Tripoli. They think blacks are sympathisers of Gaddafi. This is wrong. It should be condemned and the leadership of rebels should tell their fighters to stop it immediately.


    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu: "We believe it is very important that the new Libyan flag is recognised and flown in the United Nations as it is symbolically representing the sole authority of the Libyan people and of their sovereignty."


    Al Arabiya TV is reporting that Gaddafi loyalists have bombarded the airport in Tripoli, damaging a plane, following a firefight nearby.

    Khaled, from Hamilton, Canada,

    texts 61124: For those that say NATO is taking sides in protecting civilians, remember the Scud missiles that were launched from Sirte onto other cities.

    1223: The BBC's Noel Makwugu

    says that despite concerns that Africa has not been given a say in Libya, there is a change in mood at the African Union summit today, with officials finally accepting that Gaddafi's rule is ending and now is the time to look forward and how to deal with the rebel NTC.

    1216: Harvey Pincis in Kuwait

    emails: Re: 1130: Jon Leyne BBC Middle East correspondent saying he thinks there is a wariness among the international community about throwing too much money back at Libya's transitional authority. It is after all Libyan money, not anyone else's. The NTC will handle it responsibly or not, though my feeling is that the NTC are genuine in digging Libya out of the hole it is in.

    1204: Al Jazeera correspondent @nazaninemoshiri

    tweets: #Libya: Jacob Zuma is the main opponent of #NTC recognition, his "road map for Libya" plan was ignored by NATO and the West.


    The African Union meeting has opened, reports AFP news agency, with its Commission chief Jean Ping saying the Libyan people need its support. "It is now clear that the military phase of the conflict is about to end. We have to make efforts to ensure an inclusive and consensual transition to lead us to elections that will allow the Libyan people to freely choose their leaders," he said.


    Some new figures from Nato: Its aircraft flew 133 sorties yesterday, 46 of them "strike" sorties, which identify and engage targets. These include the RAF raids on a bunker in Colonel Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte.

    1148: NATO

    tweets: Check out #NATO's new #Arabic YouTube channel and stay connected regarding latest #Libya news.

    1137: Al Jazeera correspondent @nazaninemoshiri

    tweets: #Libya - I am at the AU meeting on Libya in Addis Ababa, it is looking likely it will recognize the #NTC.

    1130: Jon Leyne BBC Middle East correspondent

    I think there is a wariness among the international community about throwing too much money back at Libya's transitional authority when it simply doesn't have the capacity to deal with it. They want to give the money in dribs and drabs. But it looks like the NTC will have a few hundred million dollars in a matter of days to pay salaries, get food and water, and get essential services going.


    International security expert Prof Stefan Wolff explains the difficulties Libya's transitional government will face in trying to secure and rebuild the country, in his analysis of the situation for the BBC.

    1116: Joanne

    tweets: #TRIPOLI HUGE Underground Weapons Stores found in #Nasr Forest (where Rixos and Zoo are ) #Libya

    1110: World Food Programme

    tweets: Latest from #Libya: @WFP dispatching 300 metric tons of food to over 200,000 people in the northwestern part of the country.


    Tripoli resident Ali Abusaisi tells Sky News: "There is no water here and food is difficult to find because the shops - for most of the day - are closed. There's no fuel so you can't move around to get supplies."

    1101: ABC's Jeffrey Kofman

    tweets: Finally got into a hotel. Looking 4ward 2 life with electricity and water. But no water. Apparently no water in all of Tripoli. Big problem


    Some evidence of the effects of the conflict on civilians. This photograph reportedly shows people fleeing Tripoli with their belongings.

    Civilians evacuate Tripoli

    Maj Gen Pope continues: "At around midnight, a formation of Tornado GR4s, which had launched from RAF Marham in Norfolk on a long range strike mission, fired a salvo of Storm Shadow precision guided missiles against a large headquarters bunker in Gaddafi's home town of Sirte." A "command and control node" south of Tripoli was also hit, he adds.


    The RAF has targeted 29 armed vehicles in the Sirte area in the last 24 hours. UK defence spokesman Maj Gen Nick Pope says Tornado aircraft also destroyed one of Col Gaddafi's few remaining long-range surface-to-air missile systems, near Al Watiyah, close to the Tunisian border.


    Some details about the RAF attack on Sirte mentioned by UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox earlier. The BBC's Jonathan Beale reports: "Tornado Jets flying from their UK base at RAF Marham last night targeted what's been described as "a large bunker" in Colonel Gaddafi's hometown. A 'Stormshadow' cruise missile was fired with the intent to deny the former Libyan leader of a command and control centre in the city."


    The BBC's Africa editor continues: "Relations between the AU and Libya's NTC are already strained. Given the financial and military support from Nato and other Western governments, the rebels see little benefit from the AU which has since its inception thrived on Gaddafi's magnanimity."


    BBC Africa editor Solomon Mughera says the African Union will discuss recognising Libya's National Transitional Council later. But he adds: "Today's outcome may be of little consequence to the current situation or even the immediate future of Libya. The AU has openly complained that its effort to intervene in the Libya crisis had consistently been ignored or dismissed with contempt."

    1039: CNN Senior International Correspondent Dan Rivers

    tweets: more gunshots this morning in #libya. This time single shots not bursts of celebratory gunfire. Hoping this isn't a sniper.

    1038: John Simpson World Affairs Editor, BBC News

    On day three of the new Libya there is a huge amount to be done. The entire administration of Tripoli and the country has melted away. I haven't heard a single report of any of the rebels stealing, nor looting or attacking anyone except the snipers. But it would be really good to see a few policemen on the streets and a few civil servants back at their desks - and more particularly some newly appointed government ministers to run things.

    1035: John Simpson World Affairs Editor, BBC News

    The colonel has been overthrown, even if he hasn't actually been caught yet. In 2003 after the invasion of Iraq, Saddam Hussein was on the run for eight months. By the time he was actually caught, he had ceased to be a factor in the continuing play of events. The same will probably happen here, though Iraq was a tragedy and Libya isn't and doesn't have to be.


    With thousands of foreign nationals still desperately trying to leave Libya, India is to send an evacuation ship, reports the Times of India. The decision was influenced by the killing of an Indian national, who was caught in crossfire in Tripoli, the paper suggests.

    1024: Mohammed Debashi in Tripoli

    tweets: #Gaddafi's stupid speeches are not stupid at all. Its a coded message to 5th column should not be allowed on air. #libya #tripoli #feb17


    Oliver Miles, former British ambassador to Libya, tells the BBC that moving the NTC to Tripoli is "an important step" and that the signs are encouraging that the process of transition will be inclusive. "It could still come off the rails but it deserves our support. This has got to be worked out by the Libyans. If we try to do it for them, we will get it wrong."


    The UK defence secretary says it will be important for Libya's transitional government to "reach out" to members of the former regime who want to play a part in democratic elections. "It's very encouraging that we've heard from the leadership that those who take the law into their own hands and carry out acts of retribution will be held to account," he adds.


    "The Nato mission needs to continue," Liam Fox continues. "Last night the RAF launched an attack on the Gaddafi bunker in Sirte. Its necessary to ensure the command and control of the regime is not available in places like Sirte, should they move out of Tripoli."


    UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox tells the BBC it is not up to Nato to "target" Colonel Gaddafi but that it is important to know the whereabouts of his regime's key figures so they cannot counter-attack and put civilians at risk.

    1007: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes BBC Middle East Correspondent

    Just before I came on air, I saw a large column of technicals - essentially pick-up trucks with heavy weapons on the back - heading up the coast road back into what we assume is still fighting going on in Abu Salim district. They did not clear that area out last night, they do not control the roads to Tripoli airport, so there is still work to be done here.

    1000: Libya NFSL

    tweets: #NATO planes targeting Gaddafi forces in Bani Walid hiding inside school building #Feb17 #Libya


    More from Mahmoud Jibril, of the National Transitional Council, who is calling for frozen Libyan assets to be released more quickly via a press conference in Turkey: "Salaries of civil servants need to be paid. Life needs to continue on its normal course. The arms (being used by rebel fighters) must swiftly be collected, so that we can establish a national army and a strong police force," AFP news agency reports him as saying.

    0954: CNN's Faith Muthoni Karimi

    tweets: When CNN reached Condoleezza Rice to ask abt her fan, she reserved comment until release of her book Nov. 1 #Libya #Gadhafi


    The BBC's Mark Doyle has reported on Africa's dilemma over whether to release frozen Libyan assets, given that the African Union has not recognised Libya's transitional government. However, Reuters suggests there could be some movement on the issue later: "There is a strong likelihood that the African Union will recognise the NTC today but call for inclusion of the Gaddafi regime in the interim transitional government," it quotes a South African government source as saying.


    A quick recap of the latest situation in Libya:

    • The United Nations has appealed to all sides to ensure there are no acts of revenge after reports of summary killings by both rebels and Gaddafi loyalists
    • The UN has also agreed to release $1.5bn (\u00a31bn) in frozen Libyan assets to help with immediate humanitarian needs
    • Rebels have announced they have an administration operating in Tripoli, although fighting continues in pockets of the capital
    • Opposition forces are preparing an assault on Muammar Gaddafi's home town of Sirte, thought to be one of his last remaining strongholds
    0933: CNN Correspondent Matthew Chance

    tweets: Took 10 hour drive out of #Libya through Western Mountains. Graffiti on roadside read "Thank you USA, France and England".


    Mahmoud Jibril, of the rebels' National Transitional Council, has been pressing for more Libyan assets to be unfrozen, reports AFP news agency. He tells a press conference in Turkey: "There will be high expectations after the collapse of the regime. The frozen assets must be released for the success of the new government to be established after the Gaddafi regime."

    0921: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes BBC Middle East Correspondent

    It is a very nervous city still now. Much of it doesn't have any water. There are concerns about medical supplies The government needs to get working immediately to rebuild institutions and get infrastructure in place.

    0919: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes BBC Middle East Correspondent

    The NTC set up a preliminary body last night to try to take control. They appealed for the Gaddafi era police to come back on the streets and resume patrolling because they are extremely concerned by the security situation. There are thousand of young men, heavily armed, having broken into armouries and into Gaddafi's compound, wandering the streets.

    0913: Jon Leyne BBC Middle East correspondent

    A delicious irony is that perhaps the last big stand is in Abu Salim district because that is an enormously emotive name here in Benghazi. That is the location of the prison in Tripoli where there was a huge massacre of people - many of them from Benghazi - in 1996. It was protests over that prison massacre, that happened 15 years ago, that started this whole revolution back in February.


    Dozens of unidentified bodies lie in an abandoned hospital in Tripoli's Abu Salim neighbourhood, which has been the scene of fierce fighting, AP news agency reports. Some are piled in the hospital yard, where they have been covered with blankets. AP suggests they have darker skin than most Libyans and could be professional soldiers recruited by Muammar Gaddafi from sub-Saharan Africa.


    Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga is urging Muammar Gaddafi to formally surrender power to save his nation from a "bloodbath" provoked by prolonged stalemate, reports Kenya's Daily Nation. It quotes Mr Odinga as saying: "A good general should know when the game is up. The war is over and Mr Gaddafi's side has lost. He should do the honourable thing now and let the people of Libya go."

    0850: echwalu edward in Kampala

    tweets: Am chatting with a Photojournalist in #Tripoli and Goodness, in my heart, am shaking #Libya


    The issue of Libyan deposits and assets in Lebanon's banks was raised during talks between Lebanese President Michel Sleiman and Libyan National Transitional Council envoy Abdullah Zaidani, according to Lebanon's Daily Star. Talks also focused on the 1978 disappearance of Lebanon's influential Shia cleric Imam Musa Sadr in Libya.


    Photographic evidence of that fierce fighting in Tripoli's Abu Salim district continues to emerge. Some reports suggest Gaddafi loyalists have moved into a neighbouring area.

    Libyan rebel fighters fire their weapons in Abu Salim district

    The Libyan embassy in Dhaka says it has pledged allegiance to the National Transitional Council, BBC Monitoring reports, citing the Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star.


    Italian oil and gas facilities in Libya have remained undamaged during the conflict and can restart as soon as security conditions permit, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini tells Italian radio, according to Reuters.

    0826: Andy Isitua

    writes a Facebook comment: THIS IS KOOL!!! Nigerian govt urges Libyan President, Muammar Ghaddafi to relinquish power, recognises National Transitional Council as legitimate Libyan govt. Ghaddafi responds and says Nigeria is 50 years behind the rest of the world. A country that has no light where Rats and humans collide in the dark has no right to lecture Libya.


    Many of the rebels leading the assault on Colonel Gaddafi's forces come from the mountains of western Libya. Rebel soldiers in the town of Zintan told Andrew Hosken, from BBC Radio 4's Today programme, they were returning to the capital to search for the fugitive leader from "room to room, street to street".

    0818: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes BBC Middle East Correspondent

    It's going to be a while before any real authority is established here. There are disparate groups of rebels from different parts of Libya who are now in control of different parts of the capital and there is no co-ordination between them. We have seen standoffs between different groups of rebels. It is not a calm situation here at all, despite the fact the rebels control most of the city.

    0817: Channel 4 News Correspondent Alex Thomson

    tweets: Water's gone off now across much of Tripoli.

    0809: Jon Leyne BBC Middle East correspondent

    I think we are being given a little bit of spin from [the rebel leaders], saying they have moved to Tripoli. In fact, the main leadership are still here in Benghazi or out of the country and have no plans to move immediately. They are nevertheless slowly taking over the reins of power in this country.


    Among the foreign nationals desperately trying to leave Libya are thousands of Bangladeshis, according to the south Asian country's Daily Star newspaper. It quotes Jemini Pandya, of the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM), as saying about 2,000 people had contacted their embassy. However, they are struggling to leave their homes to get to IOM evacuation ships because of gun battles.

    0750: BBC Middle East Editor Paul Danahar

    tweets: I am just off Green, now Martyrs Square in #Tripoli. It's 8am & the city is silent. You'd never know a war has just been fought for it.


    Libya's National Transitional Council is not underestimating the task of rebuilding the country's infrastructure. Ahmed Jehani, who heads the NTC's stabilisation's team, tells the BBC it will take at least 10 years. It was in a poor state even before the revolution due to "utter neglect" by the Gaddafi regime, he says.

    0742: Freedom Group

    tweets: Relief ships carrying medical & food aid have arrived from Misrata & Benghazi. Stuck at port because area not safe #Libya


    UK-based Libyan Abdul El-Fortia says his family, from Misrata, have travelled with the rebels to Tripoli, where living conditions in the capital have deteriorated. He tells the BBC: "The level of security on the streets is very poor. There are mounds of rubbish piling up and there are also some areas in Tripoli where there are dead bodies still yet to be recovered."


    A rebel chief claims they have flushed forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi from the Abu Salim district, which has seen fierce fighting overnight. Mohammed Sayed Gargab tells the AFP news agency: "Abu Salim is under control. Gaddafi people are now in Mashrur, an adjacent neighbourhood."

    0723: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes BBC Middle East Correspondent

    We saw a lot more traffic in city streets yesterday than previous days. Shops are starting to open so people are getting access to food but the situation with water is extremely serious. Everywhere seems to be running out of water. That's particularly worrying because as soon as people don't have water, disease can ensue.

    0717: Paul Wood BBC News, near Sirte

    Rebels tell me that tribal leaders, wanting to avoid some kind of bloodbath, have been trying to negotiate a peaceful end to this. According to the rebels, at least, the block in the way of that is the Gaddafi forces from the Khamis brigade - one of his elite forces - not allowing negotiations to continue. So everybody this side of the front line expects this to end in a battle rather than some kind of negotiated settlement.

    0712: Paul Wood BBC News, near Sirte

    Rebels are building up their forces to attack Sirte. There are, they believe, about 1,500 Gaddafi loyalists on the road [into the town]. One officer told me he thought it was a deliberate delaying tactic... in order to to better prepare the defences of Sirte. We saw a lot of tanks being moved up yesterday and digging in for this smaller battle on the road before they get to Sirte itself. They think that will take three or four days.

    0649: Wyre Davies BBC Middle East correspondent

    Parts of the capital are sometimes totally safe, then a few hours later you can drive down a road and there can be sporadic crossfire. Until the Gaddafi loyalists are overrun... or Gaddafi himself is captured, conflict will still be there and it will be very difficult for anybody, however well intentioned, to talk about political and economic rebuilding of this country.

    0644: Wyre Davies BBC Middle East correspondent

    I went to a hospital yesterday where civilian victims of attacks from Abu Saleem were being brought in. They had more than 20 people dead... and more than 120 people injured - most of them civilians who had been shot by snipers.


    Scottish nurse Karen Graham, who is working in a hospital in Tripoli, tells the BBC: "Staff are doing the best we can but we were literally inundated with the amount of casualties brought in. We would just clear one lot of casualties, and the next lot would be getting brought in. Our theatre just couldn't cope yesterday."

    0633: Wyre Davies BBC Middle East correspondent

    The capital as a whole is under rebel control but it's still a dangerous place. There are obvious centres of fighting, in particular a district called Abu Saleem, where Gaddafi loyalists have been openly roaming the streets. The green flags loyal to the regime are still up and fighting is going ahead.

    0626: @alchemist585

    tweets: Consider this scenario: GFs shoot down a #NATO plane or copter, the crew ejects & R captured. Will we then have real boots on the ground??!


    The fight for the capital is not yet over, with the few fighters loyal to Gaddafi who remain, putting on spirited defence of several pro-Gaddafi strongholds, writes Damien McElvoy in The Telegraph newspaper.


    The South African Broadcasting Corporation says a lobbying group, Concerned African Scholars, has called on the International Criminal Court to investigate Nato for crimes against humanity. It says the military intervention in Libya has killed many civilians and destroyed infrastructure.

    Ken Dilanian,

    writing in the Los Angeles Times, says: "The US has urged Libyan rebels to secure weapons depots to prevent shoulder-fired missiles and others from falling into the hands of al-Qaeda."

    Saeed, Virginia, US,

    I praise Nato for not putting ground forces into Libya, for then Nato would have been the invader and everyone would have sided with Gaddafi to push invaders out as the Iranians did when Iraq invaded Iran. Fortunately, Libya is different from Iraq and peace and prosperity will return.


    Here's a picture gallery of that very unique car that Col Gaddafi had made for him by an Italian manufacturer, published by Corriere della Sera. Note its personalised logo.

    The Washington Post's Thomas Erdbrink,

    blogs about what was found in Col Gaddifi's compound, stormed by rebels on Tuesday. "The bunker includes an operating room. When rebels and neighbors discovered it, they quickly shifted the medical supplies to civilian hospitals, which are in dire need of equipment," he writes.


    Italy's Corriere della Sera reports that among the cars taken from Col Gaddafi's Tripoli compound was a unique electric car made by a Milanese manufacturer, Castagna, that only produces one-off pieces. The brief was to create an electric car with a cream interior and green shell, based on the shape of the iconic Fiat 500.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons,

    tweets: Returned last night from what was a truly horrific visit to a hospital in Tripoli.

    Men sit roadside near to anti-Gaddafi graffiti, in Tripoli Men sit on a roadside in Tripoli, looked over by some graffiti mocking Col Gaddafi

    Inside Libya's hospitals, doctors have become soldiers of another sort in their own underground resistance to Col Gaddafi, write David D Kirkpatrick and Kareen Fahim, in the New York Times.


    tweets: Tripoli hospitals need scrub nurses and other medical staff to control infection, treat patients.


    Col Gaddafi is believed, by some, to be in his hometown of Sirte, a city upon which he lavished attention after he took power in 1969.

    Dale, in Scotland,

    How easy it is for people who live thousands of miles from trouble-spots to spout on about conspiracy this and that, with seemingly no insight into the tragedies being played out on their fellow human beings with only the West seemingly having the moral strength to intervene.

    Kevin, in Auckland, New Zealand,

    emails: I hope that Col Gaddafi is executed. The ICC will take years for any trial.


    Both Libyan rebels and forces loyal to Col Gaddafi are accused of carying out executions, according to The Telegraph's Martin Evans.

    A yount boy who intends to join the Libyan rebel forces, wears a wristband with the Kingdom of Libya flag on it while listening to rebel soldiers in Benghazi A yount boy who intends to join the Libyan rebel forces, wears a wristband with the Kingdom of Libya flag on it as he listens to rebel soldiers addressing potential recruits in the newly-named Tahrir Square, Benghazi.
    Fahim, in Surrey, England,

    emails: After this conflict, the UN and Nato should closely monitor the progress of the new Libya. Rebel fighters will have to return their arms, otherwise it may give birth to another terrorist organisation like al-Qaeda.


    tweets: 25 doctors at #Tripoli Medical Centre, only two are surgeons. Some haven't slept for three days. Taking care of 350 patient everyday #Libya


    Col Gaddafi and his aides carried out a clandestine lobbying operation to try to stop Nato's intervention in Libya, the Guardian newspaper reports, including trying to persuade the Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich to visit Tripoli as part of a hastily arranged "peace mission".

    Dave, in Moosebrook, Canada,

    emails: I have never seen any of Gaddafi's so-called palaces. I have seen large compounds that look more like military compounds and a couple of homes supposedly owned by Gaddafi that weren't any nicer than any upper middle-class Western home, but never have I seen a "palace." Furthermore, Libya had free medicine, free education, free electricity, no major taxes, highly subsidised food, gas at 14 cents a litre, among many other social benefits.

    Pedro, Tripoli (evacuee)

    emails: Libya's oil reserves account for only around 3% of the global total (Saudi being the largest with 18%). As for the NTC "puppetry", they are beholden to oil contracts signed by Gaddafi years ago, so all those nations which benefited before, will benefit after.

    A boy looks at photos of Libya's civil war stuck on the bonnet of a car in Tahrir Square in Benghazi, Libya A young boy looks at pictures of the conflict in Libya stuck to the bonnet of a car in Benghazi.

    Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has left Tripoli, according to a neighbour quoted in the Scottish Herald newspaper.

    Tan Chee Sing, in China,

    The continued Nato bombing of Libyan cities is a blatant deviation from the stated aim of UN Resolution 1974, which calls for protection of civilians. The Nato bombing of Sirte, hometown to Gaddafi, is predominantly populated by Gaddafi's supporters. There is no threat of a civilian being slaughtered. What Nato is trying to do is clear, not to protect civilians, but to kill civilians.


    Dr Moez Zaiton, a doctor in Tripoli, tells the BBC that the scene in the city's largest hospital is quite chaotic. "Ambulances are arriving every minute. There are 40 or 50 doctors all working at full capacity and they still aren't able to cope with the number of casualties."

    Asif, in Tripoli,

    emails: This is ridiculous! Tell the UN and Nato to get OUT of Libya. Gaddafi has been in control for decades and no-one ever questioned his control of methods through them. Why suddenly now? Gaddafi has done nothing wrong, he's protecting his rule and governing from the REBELS who started an uprising for no reason!


    tweets: #Tripoli: Low flying #NATO jets overhead. Maybe a hot time tonight. #Libya #Feb17

    Libyan rebels loot from the Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli (25 August 2011) Rebels help themselves to toys and teddy bears from inside Col Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli.
    Euronews Journalist, Jos\u00e9 Miguel Sardo,

    tweets: Reports that Moussa Ibrahim, #Gaddafi's spokesman, was captured in Abu #Salim in #Tripoli. #Libya


    Hadil Krekshi, a student living near Marytrs' Square, in Tripoli, says that she went out on to the streets yesterday. "It is amazing," she tells the BBC. "It is something that we have never felt before. There is a checkpoint every 25 metres but everyone is smiling and congratulating each other. It is something we all dreamt of, and now it has finally came true."


    'Outside, Gaddafi had built his own fairground, complete with carousel and spinning teacups, in an unlikely echo of Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch' - just one of the surprises that awaited the rebels within the private residence of Col Gaddafi, as The Telegraph's Gordon Raynor describes.

    Iain, in Hong Kong,

    Emails: Oh how happy Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy must be right now. 39% of the world's oil reserve secured and under our (NTC) puppets control - check. Billions of dollars for our companies to rebuild what we destroyed under the cover of Nato - check. No news coverage of our shambolic home economic policies and recessions that we are facing - check.


    "I thought they would execute me," US journalist Matthew VanDyke who escaped from Libya's notorious Abu Salim prison in Tripoli tells the BBC. He was being held in solitary confinement.

    Aqib, in Halifax, England,

    emails: Colonel Gaddafi still has millions of supporters and the NTC made up of crooks and convicts backed by al-Qaeda and funded by the west will have to realise that the truth will always win. Fight on Gaddafi for your country, for your land and for your people!


    "My people here in Zintan, they believe this regime is already finished," says Khalid al-Zintany, from Zintan, a town south west of Tripoli. "Gaddafi's troops they tried to stay on the ground but they could not, until now. So it is just a few days and we will finish this regime completely."

    Wayne, New York, US,

    emails: The rebels are advancing on Sirte. Why is Nato not bombing them? Nato has shown they are not interested in protecting civilians but only in getting rid of Gaddafi and his followers.

    0235: Anthony Shadid,

    in the The New York Times, says "anxieties compete with exuberance" on the road to Tripoli. "There was novelty, as travelers glanced at ragtag rebels who still look, as they did six months ago, like a militarized version of Tahrir Square, where youth in Egypt overthrew another dictator in a paroxysm of theater and protest. There was unease... And there was a sense of the ephemeral, like the last hours of a long party," writes Anthony Shadid.


    emails: Muammar [Gaddafi] does not have palaces - quit the false propaganda. His throne is only in the hearts of the people! This so-called tyrant is in reality different from the fiction the media, controlled by world powers seeks to portray. The Jamahiriya is a democracy of all the people where Muammar sought to have the people rule themselves! They vote every year and several times per year, not for parties but for the people who represent them in manager positions for the Jamahiriyah or the people. Rats is a nice term for people who invite the Nato countries coalition to massacre their people and bomb the hell out of them over the past six months. In the heat, Nato forces not only kill en masse and terrorise the Libyans but they cut off electricity so food goes off both in warehouses and in homes! Muammar and the people of Libya will not surrender.


    "They have done great things so far," she adds.


    Jane Benamer, a law student in Benghazi, has told the BBC she has full confidence in the National Transitional Council to rule Libya. "I do know the Libyan people support them. They are our government."


    Mr Pascoe added: "Very high on their agenda is elections to be held. I think all of you know that a hallmark of the Gaddafi regime was the essential absence of institutions as he pulled all strings through him, and so, building these is going to be a process that takes some time."


    "They have again made it quite clear that they want us to help and that there are a wide range of areas where this may be possible," the UN's Lynn Pascoe told the BBC (see 0204 entry). "For example, on the political side, on the establishment of a government, on the development of accountable institutions, reconciliation issues."


    tweets: The school I went to in #TRIPOLI (takdeem) is getting shelled right now!


    UN political chief Lynn Pascoe says the National Transitional Council (NTC ) had said that it expects the UN to play a strong role in the post-conflict period.

    Mike in Cheltenham, England,

    emails: The RAF bombs Gaddafi's Grad rocket launchers wherever they are found, but ignores the Grad rocket launchers that the rebels are firing in the Sirte area. Does Nato take the view that all Gaddafi weapons systems are offensive and all rebel weapon systems are defensive? When the great and the good, as represented in this conflict by the UN and Nato, abuse their power, who is to hold them to account?

    BBC presenter Kasia Madera

    tweets: No water or electricity in Tripoli but quiet around Martyr Square according to a #Tripoli resident I have just spoken to on #BBC Newsday


    There are an estimated 15,000 to 25,000 shoulder-fired missiles in Col Gaddafi's weapons stores, according to AP. The news agency cites two US officials who says the prices of the missiles in the region have fallen, suggesting that some of Col Gaddafi's weapons may already be reaching the market.


    In her statement (see earlier 0051-0053 entries), Mrs Clinton also said the new Libyan government must ensure that its weapons stockpiles do not fall into the wrong hands. There has been concern in some quarters that raw nuclear material and deadly chemicals could end up in the hands of terrorists.

    Guy, in London, England,

    emails: As an African I am thorough ashamed (not surprised) of the stance taken by the AU (African Union) and the ANC (African National Congress). For an organisation that battled the evil force of Apartheid they (the ANC) have become indifferent to the four decades of suffering of the people of Libya. Footage has shown the abuse of the vast oil revenues on Gaddafi's palaces. It seems to be a case of the-enemy-of-my enemy is my friend, referring to the constant African criticism emerging in Africa of Nato and the imperialists. More aptly, reference must be made to loss of income for rapacious African leaders due to the toppling of this bloody dictator. ANC has been an obstacle to justice.

    Al Jazeera's Evan Hill

    tweets: In the Radisson hotel, journos have found evidence that their rooms were occupied by Gaddafi regime loyalists who made hasty exits. In one room, we found a scribbled note saying "Sayyid el-Ghazali, the thugs are planning an operation, you should leave now" #Tripoli

    Libyan rebels seize boxes of ammunition hidden underground by Gaddafi's forces in the al-Maser forest in southern Tripoli

    Rebels seize boxes of ammunition hidden underground by Gaddafi's forces in the al-Maser forest in southern Tripoli


    "The only question is will it be done in Libya, will it be done by the International Criminal Court in The Hague - that has to be worked out. I don't think they're going to get away with mass executions," he says.


    The Washington Director of Human Rights Watch, Tom Malinowski, says those responsible for any atrocities in Libya should face justice. "The people who are responsible for the worst abuses I believe are going to be brought to justice, certainly Gaddafi, if he's captured alive."


    "We will look to them to ensure that Libya fulfills its treaty responsibilities, that it ensures that its weapons stockpiles do not threaten its neighbors or fall into the wrong hands, and that it takes a firm stand against violent extremism," she said in a written statement.


    Mrs Clinton said the new Libyan leaders had obligations to the international community.


    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged the "new Libya" to be firm against "violent extremism", AFP reports.


    tweets: #Tripoli LPC shelling right now #Takadom school in #BenAshour. No idea who or why? Friends are getting so nervous #Libya #Feb17


    tweets: Abu Salim still dangerous. At Bab al-Aziziya roundabout, former Gaddafi troop tent encampment, bullets whizzed as rebels engaged loyalists

    Libyan rebel fighters stand guard over a detainee during a fight for the final push to flush out Muammar Gaddafi"s forces in Abu Salim district in Tripoli August 25, 2011

    Rebels stand guard over a detainee as they fight for control of the Abu Salim district in Tripoli


    Mr Hague said he had disapproved of the decision to release Megrahi at the time. "I said earlier this week that if I was a Scottish minister I would be looking at this again and reviewing it to see what I could do. If in Scotland they want the active support of the UK government in seeking information about him and supporting any representations they want to make about him, they will certainly get that very energetic support," he said.


    British Foreign Secretary William Hague has promised "energetic support" to the Scottish government if they try to bring the Lockerbie bomber back from Libya. Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds in 2009 when it was claimed he only had three months to live.

    Sara Sidner, CNN correspondent in Tripoli

    tweets: More massive blasts. Celebratory fire coming dangerously close to neighborhood we're in. So intense we've run inside.


    "In these historical moments we are experiencing... the general chief of staff for the National Liberation Army is calling upon all revolutionaries, battalions, non-commissioned officers and our sincere fighters of the army to join their barracks immediately and secure all their contents, including ammunition, equipment and weapons as well as airbases including their aircraft," Mr Bani said.


    In a televised statement in Benghazi, the Libyan rebel military spokesman, Ahmed Bani, has called for all Libyans to secure the country and protect its airbases and weapons depots.


    "Well we don't comment on the operations of special forces, for good reasons. If we get in the habit of talking about our special forces we'd get in the habit of endangering them, so we don't do that," he told the BBC.


    British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he cannot confirm or deny reports that British special forces are involved in the search for Col Gaddafi.


    tweets: Found in Qaddafi's former Tripoli compound: album full of Condi Rice pics. That's cool, I guess; he likes smart women


    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of events unfolding in Libya, where fighting is continuing as rebel forces fight forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi. Here you can see how events unfolded on Thursday.


Libya after Gaddafi

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