Libya fighting: As it happened

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  • Libyan rebels are pushing towards Col Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, having taken most of Tripoli
  • Sporadic violence is still reported in Tripoli. Col Gaddafi's whereabouts remain unknown
  • The US and South Africa reach a deal to allow the UN to release $1.5bn in frozen Libyan assets
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    Hello and welcome to our continuing live coverage of events unfolding in Libya. Here you can see how events unfolded on Wednesday.


    Just to recap the main points: rebels are controlling most of Tripoli but there are still reports of resistance by Col Gaddafi's forces. The rebels have placed a $1.7m (\u00a31m) bounty for Col Gaddafi's capture alive or dead. Meanwhile, the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) is beginning to move its base from Benghazi to Tripoli. On Wednesday, the journalists who were trapped in the Rixos hotel by regime guards for several days were freed unharmed.


    A British doctor in Tripoli, who identified himself only as Moez, tells the BBC that there are "countless casualties" being brought into the capital's hospitals. He says the bodies of rebel fighters, killed in the fight to take Col Gaddafi's compound on Wednesday, were being piled up: "Right in front of me... a big truck has just turned up - and there are 20 bodies in the back of it, just thrown everywhere, with blood all over the place. They smell like they've been there at least a day or two."

    Oli Winton

    tweets: So impressed by the almost Mandela like approach by the transitional council in Libya, urging restraint not revenge etc plus inclusiveness.


    "Despite rebel victories in recent days, the celebrations have been put on hold until the violence ends and the country's autocratic leader of 42 years is captured, killed or out of the country," writes the Washington Post in this article.

    benghazi's bunny

    tweets: When the regime just seems so unstoppable, when freedom feels like its impossible, the people rise & overcome every obstacle #Libya #feb17

    0034: Khalid, in Libya,

    emails: "I got back from Tripoli about an hour ago. We travelled around the capital securing streets and paths and to see what was happening. There is still a lot of fighting, I saw fighting today in Bab al-Aziziya. Other areas were quieter but it was particularly bad there, there were some missiles and bombs. As for the average person here, they welcome the rebels. They have been waiting for them for 40 years, 40 years of oppression."

    ABC News Correspondent, Jeffrey Kofman

    tweets: Went back to Gaddafi's compound. No celebrating. Snipers kept gawkers at bay.

    0052: Dilnawaz, in Manchester, England,

    emails: "This is another Iraq. The whole of the Middle East is changing. Where next? Forget Syria? Saddam, Mubarak, now Gaddafi all long-term rulers, the people are fed up of all the troubles around them and being told what to do. So your guess is as good as mine. America is keeping a low profile because they know where it is going next."

    Tom Parkin

    tweets: I hope there is enough reason and unity among the Libya rebels to found a new functioning, free democratic republic. Let no more die. #Libya

    0110: Nurain, from Honiara, Solomon Island,

    emails: "With the current situation in Libya - which has recorded heavy casualties and enormous material losses - who will lead them, considering several factions of different political, ethnic and religion motives? The question is with this pathetic picture of things in Tripolli can Nato and their sponsors still have moral justification to convince the world that going to Libya is right and against genuine proposals by many African leaders to avert similar situation, like those in Iraq and Afghanistan?"


    Noureddine Mezni, a spokesman for the African Union, tells the BBC African Service it is up to the Libyans to decide who should lead them now. He says: "Right from the very beginning we have been talking about an inclusive and consensual transition so that the Libyan people can realise their aspirations of democracy, liberty and transparency. We have been looking for peaceful and concrete solutions. Unfortunately we were ignored. Libya is on the African continent, so it is our responsibility to continue to strive to assuage the suffering of the Libyan people and that of the African workers who are now stuck there."

    @RasmusTantholdt in Tripoli,

    tweets: Went into Saif al-Islams burning compound. Had to run when we came under fire #Tripoli #Libya #Gaddafi


    If you're just joining us, welcome to the BBC's live coverage of events in Libya. We're bringing you the latest updates from our correspondents, expert analysis and your reaction from around the world. You can contact us via email, text or twitter. We'll publish what we can.

    0139: Rafi, in Pakistan,

    emails: "Nato, US and UN all agreed to intervene to save civilians in Libya. Great job well done! But why can't we hear them speaking loud on Bahrain and Yemen? Just whispering or not speaking at all?"

    0150: Pablo, in France,

    emails: "I've been following events in Libya and I'm appalled that I haven't seen any women in the rebel gangs and nobody talks or covers this. How can they possibly rebuild physically and morally a Libya where women are not actively involved in the so-called 'change'? Deeply worrisome I say!"

    0159: The British Prime Minister's office,

    blogs: "Prime Minister David Cameron and (French) President Sarkozy have invited the National Transitional Council to attend an international conference in Paris next week. The meeting will be an opportunity to help the NTC on the path to establishing a free, democratic and inclusive Libya."


    The mission to find Col Gaddafi is being compared to the search for Iraq's Saddam Hussein. Col James Hickey, the US commander who led that operation, tells the BBC Radio 5 live it is natural to draw comparisons: "We found it rather interesting that where we captured Saddam back in 2003 was kilometres away from his home town. Now if that turns out to be the case with Col Gaddafi, I wouldn't be surprised. But time will tell. And I'm sure he has a different pattern of life to the former dictator of Iraq."


    Rebels say efforts to take full control of Col Gaddafi's compound Bab al-Aziziya, are complicated by the presence of some 200 families living in the complex, AP reports. Raouf, a rebel from Benghazi, accused pro-Gaddafi forces of using the families as human shields. He said they were trying to make a "good plan" on how best to attack the area without causing civilian deaths.

    0221: CNN,

    blogs: "Rebels said the intensity of the fighting around Tripoli International airport could indicate Gaddafi is nearby."

    Via Twitter Jeffrey Kofman, ABC News correspondent

    tweets: Went back to Gadhafi's compound. No celebrating. Snipers kept gawkers at bay.

    0229: Aljazeera

    blogs a list of medical supplies and drugs needed in Libyan hospitals as James Bays reports: "The central hospital in Tripoli is struggling to cope with the growing number of injuries in the capital".

    0232: A Libyan resident,

    emails: "I'm in a small village just outside Tripoli and the Libyan security secret service (mostly women) have just killed, in cold blood, 25 young men, between the ages of 11 and 17 for waving anti-Gaddafi flags. They tied them up, blindfolded them, then shot them in the back of the head. I strongly believe Gaddafi is very close by as his female bodyguards are here killing people who they deem a threat to his leadership."

    rebel fighters manage a checkpoint at the entrance gate of the oil rich town of Ras Lanuf on August 24, 20

    Rebels manage a checkpoint near theoil town of Ras Lanuf

    0242: Abu, in Australia,

    emails: Women are actively involved in the Libyan revolution since its start. They even participate in TNC (National Transitional Council) and its chairman's official translator is a woman wearing Islamic dress. I've just seen a report showing Libyan female doctors treating patients at Tripoli hospital.


    A US-based adviser to the National Transitional Council, Omar Turbi, says the NTC should restore order before setting up a government. "It has to be totally, completely secure before these people move into Tripoli," he told the BBC.


    "Can you imagine, God forbid, they move into Tripoli and we have killings and some of these important members of the council getting killed? That's not going to make things better. It'll make things worse," Mr Turbi adds.

    0252: Rinesh, from the Fiji Islands,

    emails: "The TNC (National Transitional Council) should announce that all the loyalists put down their guns and they will be given amnesty in return. They should be given 24 hours to do this. This should be done to contain pockets of resistance that is continuing at present. The bounty on Gaddafi should be increased to dig him out from the sand. As he has a lot of cash with him he can buy his way out of Libya. After the dust has settled the NTC must hold a referendum where the Libyan people decide what kind of governance they require - whether Libya be a republic or have institutions based on a Westminster system."


    The head of mission at the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geoff Loane, says a shortage of medical services in Tripoli is only one of the challenges being faced. "We're looking at hospitals and the lack of supplies in hospitals and the lack of medical teams to look after the large numbers of wounded that are coming in," he says.


    "We're looking at prisons and persons who are being deprived of their freedom, being taken prisoner, and we're visiting them. And we're looking at making sure neutrals - people not involved in the conflict - can get safe escort to safe places," he adds.


    tweets: I honestly couldn't care less about Gaddafi right now though. I just want to go back to #Tripoli and enjoy Eid with the family #libya


    Sami, a Tripoli engineers, tells the BBC's The World Tonight that he is not pro-Gaddafi - but is worried by the chaos that has been unleashed by the overthrow of the government. "The situation is getting worse: we don't have any running water, there is no tap water, you cannot take a shower, you cannot cook. And this is psychological pressure on the families. Everyone is getting nervous."


    "Col Muammar Gaddafi's stranglehold on Libya appears to have ended after 42 years, even if his whereabouts remain elusive. But through countless erratic decrees and iron-handed purges, he carved deep scars into every facet of Libyan life," writes Neil MacFarquhar in his article (Gaddafi Leaves Behind Little to Guide Libya) in the New York Times.

    Notes From A Medinah

    tweets: After #gaddafi will #nato send troops into #libya to ensure success? I hope not #egypt #France #arabspring #mideast

    0401: Nelson in Harare, Zimbabwe,

    emails: "The only one thing Gaddafi can do for himself and his loyalists is to step down, especially when there is a million pounds for his capture."

    CNN's, Matthew Chance,

    tweets: #Libya four Italian journos kidnapped on road between #Tripoli and zawiya!! driver killed!


    Rebel fighters from Misrata have found a large tank storage site next to the north-eastern Tripoli military air base of Metiga, Reuters reports. Dozens of tanks were parked at the heavily damaged site, most seem unaffected by the attack.


    More than 30 countries are expected to attend next week's conference in Paris on a future for Libya without Col Gaddafi, the BBC's David Chazan in Paris reports. The Prime Minister of Libya's NTC, Mahmoud Jibril, is seeking $2.5bn in aid.

    Australian Herald

    Libya - Australian journalist brutally attacked by unknown assailants in Benghazi


    tweets: To #Tripoli: PLEASE STOP FIRING YOUR WEAPONS IN THE AIR, what comes up, must come down. + it's really annoying. #Libya #Feb17


    tweets: Zwara and Sabha and Sirte and other areas in #Libya are still suffering. Gaddafi is still in a hole and #Tripoli is still not safe.

    0457: Frank Robertson in Dallas, North Carolina, US,

    emails: Now is the moment the NTC is at a crossroad - a bounty on Gaddafi. Assist in the capture - fine, money earned. Dead? What is the gain there? Allowing the despots the grandeur of their perceived martyrdom only continues to stoke the fires. Capture him, treat him with far greater decency and humanity than he would ever treat his captors, and allow a court to meet out the justice. That would be the purest of indicators, not a spontaneous violent end. As an American, I believe we whiffed on Hussein and Bin Laden. Let's get this one right.


    If you're just joining us, welcome to the BBC's live coverage of events in Libya. We're bringing you the latest updates from our correspondents, expert analysis and your reaction from around the world. You can contact us via email, text or twitter. We'll publish what we can.


    tweets: Just talked to 13 y.o girl from a family whose house was robbed by over 40 armed guys in #Tripoli- she begging me to take her out of #Libya


    Nato has begun high-level internal discussions on how to protect Libya's mustard gas supplies if the stockpile suddenly was deemed to no longer be secure, an official from US President Barack Obama's administration is quoted as saying by CNN.


    A diplomatic row at the UN is stalling attempts by the US to get approval for the release of $1.5bn worth of Libyan assets to the rebel leadership. Washington says the money is for urgently needed humanitarian aid. But South Africa says it wants to wait for guidance from the African Union, which has not recognised the rebel leadership as Libya's legitimate authority

    Curtis Doebbler,

    tweets: #Libya: UN never had control over use of force against people of Libya as decisions made by NATO, US, UK and France.

    TrablesVoice in Tripoli, Libya,

    tweets: A bomb by nato twards salah eddin side 6:07am local

    0607: Jon Leyne BBC Middle East correspondent

    The BBC's Jon Leyne in Benghazi says the NTC could now be entering a tricky stage. Expectations were sky-high over the weekend, our correspondent says, but the rebels are still meeting resistance from Gaddafi loyalists. It is also not clear who holds the power at the very top of the rebel leadership, and there is potential for power-struggle inside the NTC.


    Ex-Gaddafi mercenaries describe the collapse of his regime in this article by Time.

    Robert Belair, Thailand,

    I am a retired American who has had a long relationship with the U.S military. I would like to say to those Americans who bemoan that the U.S military isn't "helping" with the Nato efforts in Libya that you don't know what you're talking about. Most combat is aircraft take off with a heavy weapons load, but only minimal fuel. Their first priority is to meet up with a refuelling aircraft. Only then do they proceed to their target area.


    Al-Urubah, the pro-Gaddafi satellite TV channel, came on again at 06:20 today after going off air at 20:35 GMT yesterday, BBC Monitoring reports. This is the broadcaster which transmitted Col Gaddafi's last known speech.

    0708: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes BBC Middle East Correspondent

    reports that Tripoli seems quiet this morning though there is fighting south of the city. The rebels still have their work cut out to get the country under control, he notes

    0727: Paul Wood BBC News

    reports from Ajdabiya that the rebels are hoping to negotiate a peace with Gaddafi loyalists in the city of Sirte. But some of the loyalists seem determined to fight for the last few slivers of territory that belong to the government, he adds.


    Battle-hardened rebel fighters streamed into Tripoli today, AFP news agency reports. They are spearheaded by veterans of the fighting in Misrata and are set on ending resistance by Gaddafi loyalists as well as tracking down the man himself. Commanders said that while the rebels controlled most of the capital, snipers and government heavy weapons were still a threat in some parts.


    A little more on why South Africa has stalled attempts to unfreeze Libyan assets for the rebel government. Its UN envoy, Baso Sangqu, said funding the rebel leadership would imply its recognition. South Africa and the African Union had still to take a decision on that, he said. "We want to ensure that we follow due process, follow the rule of law," he added. The African Union is discussing the issue today. Meanwhile, 200 prominent South Africans, including a senior government minister, have signed a letter condemning the Nato intervention in Libya.


    Nato is giving intelligence and reconnaissance assistance to Libyan rebels hunting Col Gaddafi and his sons, British Defence Secretary Liam Fox says. But, speaking to Sky News, he declines to comment on reports that British special forces are on the ground to help in the search.

    Anceeta, in Bahrain,

    tweets: I don't like what Nato are doing in Libya. How're they different from Gaddafi?


    Chinese corporations based in Libya are counting their losses, according to a Taiwanese newspaper. The Want China Times reports that, as of March, Chinese corporations had 50 construction projects in Libya, worth $18.8bn.


    In another sign of how unhappy South Africa is over developments in Libya, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has suggested the International Criminal Court should investigate Nato over the deaths of civilians.

    0804: Paul Wood BBC News

    reports that the rebels are building up their forces either side of Sirte in the event of negotiations failing.

    0808: Jon Leyne BBC Middle East correspondent

    reports from Benghazi that the rebel government, the NTC, is disappointed by the delay at the UN to unfreezing Libyan assets. The rebels desperately need to get Col Gaddafi out of the picture in order to assert control over the whole country, he adds.

    0810: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes BBC Middle East Correspondent

    reports from Tripoli that this has been the quietest day in the capital since he arrived this week. Law and order in the city is largely being maintained by local people, who have armed themselves and are patrolling their own streets.

    0816: Paul Wood BBC News

    has witnessed some hard fighting 100km (60 miles) outside Sirte. He could hear the crump of rockets falling and see plumes of smoke rising. The rebels said a force of around 1,000 Gaddafi loyalists were on the road ahead and were attacking. The rebels were firing their own Grad rockets in reply.


    UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox has urged South Africa to think again about refusing to recognise the NTC as Libya's legitimate government. "I think there will be huge moral pressure on South Africa," he told the BBC. "They wanted the world at one point to stand with them against apartheid. I think they now need to stand with the Libyan people."


    Gaddafi's gold? Libya's former central bank governor, Farhat Bengdara, predicts the colonel will try to sell part of the country's gold reserves to pay for his protection and sow chaos among local tribes. Mr Bengdara, who now backs the rebels, told Italian daily Corriere della Sera that an ally of Col Gaddafi had offered 25 tonnes of gold to his friend "a little time ago".


    The UK's Liam Fox insists Britain has "absolutely no plans" to send British ground troops into a post-conflict Libya. If the NTC asks for help, it should come from Libya's neighbours in Africa and the Middle East, he tells the BBC.

    BBC Good Morning Scotland

    tweets: #Libya: Rana, a resident of Tripoli, tells GMS people are supplying food and beds for the rebels. Shops are closed & water has been cut off

    0830: Wyre Davies BBC Middle East correspondent

    reports from Tripoli that supplies and power are running short, and there are warnings of an impending humanitarian crisis in Libya if the situation is allowed to deteriorate.


    If South Africa continues refusing to allow Libyan assets to be unfrozen, the US will seek to get around the obstacle by calling for a vote at the UN Security Council at 20:00 today, a spokesman said. South Africa has been stalling the move at the level of the Security Council's sanctions committee - a new Council resolution would trump this.

    Activist group the Libyan Youth Movement

    tweets: Mohammed Ali Abdallah-NFSL [National Front for the Salvation of Libya]: Prisoners released from #Tripoli show signs of psychological trauma, some prisoners rendered unable to speak


    Libya's embassy in Moscow is in no rush to take down the green flag of Col Gaddafi, Russia's Interfax news agency reports. "No, nothing has changed," a representative of the Libyan diplomatic mission to Russia said. Interfax notes that the new red, black and green flag of the rebels is now flying at the Libyan embassies in Kiev and Minsk.


    BBC producer Jonny Hallam is on the road to the battle zone of Sirte with correspondent Paul Wood. Some of his tweets to follow.

    Jonny Hallam, BBC producer near Sirte,

    tweets: I saw 18 rebel tanks. Saw 9 Grad rocket launchers and heard a very big sounding recoil canon I couldn't see.

    Jonny Hallam, BBC producer near Sirte,

    tweets: The #Libyan #FF [rebels] I am meeting on road to #sirte are a different army to the one I met in April. Far more organised, disciplined


    Libya's hospitals are beset by a twin problem, Doctors Without Borders tells the BBC. They are short of trained nurses since expatriate workers fled the conflict this spring, and they lack equipment and medicines.

    Jonny Hallam, BBC producer near Sirte,

    says in a tweet to BBC correspondent Wyre Davies in Tripoli: The room you had when you stayed in #Ajdabiya is now riddled with bullet holes. Nice


    This picture shows a "wanted" poster for Col Gaddafi, issued by Libyan media group Al-Manara. Not clear how widely this is being circulated.

    "Wanted" poster issued by a Libyan media group for the capture of Muammar Gaddafi

    Nato says its aircraft carried out 48 sorties in Libya on Wednesday.


    Nato says it attacked targets around Tripoli, Sirte, Okba and Bani Walid on Wednesday. In Tripoli, it says it hit two anti-aircraft guns and a multiple rocket launcher among other things. At Sirte, "surface-to-surface missile support vehicles". At Okba, one surface-to-air-missile. And at Bani Walid, an anti-tank rifle. An air strike on an anti-tank rifle? This is serious close air support.


    Lord Malloch-Brown, the UN's former deputy secretary general, tells the BBC that maintaining essential services should be a priority for the rebels. Building an inclusive interim government can come later, he adds.


    This image from Wednesday, which only came through this morning, shows a rebel tank being ferried on a low-loader to the front line in the direction of Sirte.

    A rebel tank sits on a low-loader en route to Sirte, 24 August

    The UN's cultural agency, Unesco, is urging Libyans not to allow the country's heritage to be looted, AP reports. The international art and antiquities trade should be "particularly wary of objects from Libya in the present circumstances" because they might be stolen, Unesco chief Irina Bokova said.


    tweets: Reports say a captured mercenary on #Sirte's western front line says #Gaddafi's son Mutassim is in #Sirte. #libya #feb17


    tweets: The European Commission confirms its readiness to respond to humanitarian needs in #Libya #EU #news


    Going back to that unconfirmed tweet about Col Gaddafi's son Mutassim being in Sirte. Who is he? A lieutenant-colonel in the Libyan army, he fled to Egypt after allegedly masterminding a coup attempt against his father, but was later forgiven and allowed to return. He was heading his own unit in the army until recently. See the BBC's Gaddafi family tree for the whole picture, root and branch.


    Unesco, then, is worried about looters moving in on Libya's heritage. The country has five recognised World Heritage sites. Here is an image of the spectacular Roman ruins at Leptis Magna.

    Roman ruins of Leptis Magna, Libya
    Melissa Wong

    tweets: The situation in #Libya is disturbing. I don't think the rebels can be trusted. There's always corruption if power and control is involved.

    1027: Mark Doyle BBC World Affairs Correspondent

    reports that the African Union talks in Addis Ababa today are due to focus on the famine in the Horn of Africa but Libya is bound to come up as well. The AU is in a dilemma over Libya because Col Gaddafi was one of its main founders and certainly its key financial backer. Some African leaders felt ignored and brushed aside by Nato.

    1030: Mark Doyle BBC World Affairs Correspondent

    adds that Col Gaddafi used his oil revenues to establish a strong network of political and financial relationships in sub-Saharan Africa. Historically he backed liberation movements, including Nelson Mandela's ANC. There are Libyan hotels, agricultural projects and telecommunications investments across Africa.


    The head of the rebel government, Mahmoud Jibril, is to meet Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Milan today. Italian media are speculating that Mr Berlusconi may offer emergency aid to the rebels.


    "It's like being reborn," says a writer freed from the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli a few hours ago. "The rebels destroyed the prison gates and rushed in and set us all free from our cells," he told BBC World Service. Prisoners had been "tortured" and "starved" inside, he added.


    On a day of talks about Libya - African Union, UN Security Council, Milan - senior diplomats from more than 30 nations are also meeting in Istanbul to discuss ways of assisting the rebels, AP reports. Mr Jibril is expected to attend the Istanbul "Contact Group" meeting.


    Reuters flash: Arab League recognises rebels as legitimate representative of Libyan people.


    The Red Cross says both sides in the conflict have hundreds of detainees. It told the BBC it had visited a few prisoners but it was unclear who was responsible for holding them. It was warning all parties to the conflict to abide by the rules of war.


    An Organization of International Migration boat has docked in Tripoli - AFP.


    Four Italian journalists kidnapped in Libya have been freed, Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper website reports.


    This Reuters combination picture shows the four Italian journalists said to have been freed in Libya. They are Elisabetta Rosaspina (top L), Giuseppe Sarcina (top R), Domenico Quirico (bottom L) and Claudio Monici.

    A combination picture shows Elisabetta Rosaspina (top L), Giuseppe Sarcina (top R), Domenico Quirico (bottom L), and Claudio Monici, the four Italian journalists abducted by gunmen in Libya

    Sami, a 42-year-old engineer in Tripoli, has lived all his life under Col Gaddafi. He told BBC World Service that it would be hard for many Libyans to adjust. "I was brought up in this system, I was educated in this system, you get used to his environment," he said. "We have lived this, we understand it - we know the barriers, and we know the rules. It's part of our lives. To change to something unknown is very difficult."


    More on the freed Italian journalists: Corriere della Sera says the four were freed during a raid on a house in Tripoli, where they were being held. The report did not say who conducted the operation.

    CNN's Saeed Ahmed

    tweets: Italian foreign ministry spokesman Maurizio Massari also confirms the 4 journalists have been freed. #libyavv


    Jonathan Whittal, of Medicins Sans Frontieres, tells the BBC the situation is critical in Tripoli's hospitals.


    Mr Whittal says Tripoli's hospitals were already stretched, but the fighting has caused an influx of new patients, and the unrest means medical workers can't get to the hospitals.


    The Arab League's Secretary General Nabil Elaraby tells reporters in Cairo: "We agreed that it is time for Libya to take back its legitimate seat and place at the Arab League. The [rebel administration] NTC will be the legitimate representative of the Libyan state."


    For more background on the Arab League, have a look at our profile of the organisation. There has been no love lost between Col Gaddafi and the league, which backed the UN's resolution for Libya action.

    Mobile footage of a jubilant group entering Bab al-Aziziya

    This unverified video uploaded by Miri shows a group entering one of Gaddafi's residences. The cameraman says: "God is Great - this is the residence of the Infidel Gaddafi." Then he starts singing the new Libyan national anthem.


    South African official Clayson Monyela tells the BBC's World Service his country is "not opposed to the unfreezing of assets or releasing of funds for humanitarian aid in Libya".


    But Mr Monyela, from the international development department, says there is an issue of "technical recognition of a government". "How do you release money to a structure that is not recognised - who is going to be accountable for this money? Where is it going to be used, and by who?"

    Comments from Russia & Pro-Gaddafi demo

    Mshemsheum says: In a Muslim country you have to think according to Islam - not as a Christian or not as a democrat. If you do so - you will understand what is going on. Tevion777adds: If Nato decided to be really involved, Libya would not survive one day.

    There was a pro-Gaddafi demo in Moscow yesterday.


    Libya's embassy in Pakistan has become the latest to remove the green flag of the Gaddafi regime and switch loyalties to the rebels, according to a BBC Arabic reporter in Islamabad.


    The BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera has been updating his article on the hunt for Col Gaddafi with more details from the UK Foreign Secretary Liam Fox.

    1203: Paul Wood BBC News, near Sirte

    says the rebels on the way to Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte are deadlocked in their fight with regime loyalists. Commanders believe they are facing 1,500 to 2,000 troops just up the road.


    All the details on the dramatic freeing of four kidnapped Italian journalists can be found in this story.

    The Telegraph's Rob Crilly

    tweets: stuck at rebel checkpoint with @Jonny_Hallam near the Ras Lanuf refinery


    Col Gaddafi still has loyal TV channels, despite his apparently desperate situation. Al-Uruba station is broadcasting claims, cribbed from CNN, saying Nato "confirms special forces from Britain, France, Jordan, Qatar are present in Libyan territory and have conducted operations in Tripoli and other cities to help Nato rebels."

    BBC's foreign editor Jon Williams

    tweets: Situation in Tripoli still very lively: BBC team caught in cross-fire near now infamous #Rixos. NTC forces clearing area. All safe #Libya


    Lufti in Tripoli tells the BBC World Have Your Say programme that people in his neighbourhood were recently released from prison: "The joy! People were shooting in the air! We were hugging them and crying. It was very very emotional." You can listen to the programme live.

    Al Jazeera producer in Libya Evan Hill

    tweets: Went with @baysontheroad to Mitiga Hospital to check claims of civilian execution in #Tripoli. 15 bodies; killed Tuesday, more coming.


    Giuseppe Sarcina, one of the four kidnapped Italian journalists, said he and his colleagues were well treated by their captors.


    Mr Sarcina said: "The lesson that I can draw from this story is that both sides, on both sides there are good people, and the war is really a horrible thing, because friends, people [who] could be friends who are reliable people, good people, are enemies, so that's quite sad for us."


    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says the release of the four journalists is a "good omen for the future".


    Mr Berlusconi is speaking at a joint news conference with Mahmoud Jibril, who is head of the National Transitional Council's cabinet.


    Mr Jibril tells the news conference: "We are telling our friends that the biggest destabilising element would be the failure of the NTC to pay the salaries of the people."


    Mr Jibril is laying out his vision for the near future in Libya. He says the rebel administration must restore order, collect guns from the streets, and start the process of bringing justice for the people.


    Mr Jibril, who is widely tipped as a future leader of the country, features in this analysis from BBC correspondent Paul Wood looking at possible leaders.

    Al Jazeera correspondent Andrew Simmons

    tweets: Driving around Tripoli and its suburbs not getting any easier, Suspicion at so many checkpoints increasing


    Aisha, a Libyan who does not want her location revealed, - tells the BBC World Have Your Say programme: "Not everything Gaddafi did was a crime. All these people who defected are all corrupt. He has done a lot of things for this country." Listen to the programme live here.


    In a surprise announcement, Mr Jibril told the Rome news conference that the rebel administration (the NTC) had moved its headquarters from Benghazi to Tripoli on Wednesday. Earlier, officials had said the move would be delayed.


    A reminder that the fighting in Tripoli is not over. An hour ago, a pro-rebel radio station reported "fierce clashes" between rebels and Gaddafi forces in the Abu Salim district.


    Another indication of how Col Gaddafi's control has collapsed. The picture shows a rebel fighter at Tripoli Airport.

    A rebel fighter takes up position at Tripoli Airport August 25
    The Telegraph's Rob Crilly

    tweets: Rebels under heavy artillery fire have been forced out of Bin Jawad. Ras Lanuf, where I was yesterday, now under attack #libya


    The French AFP news agency is watching events on the Tunisia-Libya border. It says more than 10,000 people have crossed the border in both directions since the rebel push into Tripoli on the weekend - some fleeing the fighting, some returning from exile.


    The Shembi family are returning to Zawiya with a three-month-old who was born in exile. "This is the baby of the revolution," his mother Fatma tells AFP.


    Anders Fogh Rasmussen gives his strongest indication yet that Nato will continue its involvement until Col Gaddafi's forces are defeated.


    Mr Rasmussen tells the BBC: "It's hard to imagine a complete end to attacks against civilians as long as [Gaddafi] is in power or pretends to be in power. There are still some pockets of resistance and they still constitute a threat against civilians. And Nato will continue our operation as long as necessary to make sure there are no threats against civilians."


    Libya will no longer host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament as a result of the instability. The country has agreed to host it in 2017 instead. Read more here.


    The UK's newspapers are putting out typically colourful coverage of the hunt for Colonel Gaddafi. "He may dress in women's clothes and head for the Algerian border or Chad," one former aide told the Times. Read more in our newspaper review.


    A source at the UK Foreign Office tells the BBC that contrary to widespread media reports the UN did unfreeze $500m of Libyan assets last night. South Africa, though, has stalled the release of a further $1bn, the source said.


    A reporter for the Reuters news agency in Tripoli says he has counted 30 bodies riddled with bullets in an area where there had been fighting between Gaddafi forces and rebels.

    Libyans talk about their future

    Mounir in Tripoli writes: We Libyans are like one big family and are going to re-build our country after a long nightmare that lasted 40 years. Hatem, a Libyan in Holland, says: I think everything will be sorted by Eid (feast) and we will have a completely free Libya. Hala, a Libyan in Britain, comments: There may be some extremists amongst the revolutionaries but they are few, and they will not affect the shaping of the country afterwards.


    The AP news agency has been feeding video images of a fierce gun battle outside the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli.

    BBC's foreign editor Jon Williams

    tweets: Incredible to hear rebel fighter in Tripoli with broad Mancunian accent talking to WyreDavies on #WATO. What better place to train 4 #Libya

    BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar

    tweets: Bodies of #Gaddafi soldiers are rotting in the midday sun inside his compound as looting of his staff's homes continue #Tripoli #Libya

    1354: Rana Jawad BBC News, Tripoli

    says people are trying to work out what streets to avoid, where snipers loyal to the regime are said to be lurking on rooftops. Some are over areas where rebel fighters have yet to enter, others are based in narrow streets over households long abandoned by residents.


    Reuters news agency is confirming earlier reports from AP about fighting around the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. "There is shooting going on and it's too dangerous [to go further into the city]," a rebel soldier said at a checkpoint.

    Jama Hassab

    writes: Where are the weapons of the Libyan army? Well, in the hands of civilians and guess how long it takes to collect them back? The answer is years. Where are the police and who are they going to give the orders to if everyone is armed? From now on every dispute, whether it is between neighbours, colleagues or employer and his / her employee, will result in gunfire.

    The BBC's Lyse Doucet

    tweets: at BabalAzizya compound incessant celebratory deafening anti aircraft. I ask fighter why. Says "42 yrs, 42 yrs, 42 yrs" #Libya


    Italy has said that it will give Libya's National Transitional Council 350m euros ($504m) next week, as the UN debates unfreezing Libya's assets, the AFP news agency reports.


    Reuters news agency reports that a group of rebels besieging a cluster of apartment blocks near Gaddafi's compound, say they believe he is hiding in the buildings with some of his sons. The rebels haven't stated why they believe that but one is quoted as saying: "They are together. They are in a small hole."


    Libyan rebels now say they are in control of Tripoli's commercial airport after intense fighting with Gaddafi loyalists, but snipers are still present around the perimeter, Reuters news agency reports, quoting rebels who said Gaddafi forces had tried to destroy the planes left on the tarmac.

    Jim in Cairo

    emails: Many of the guns and ammunitions from Libya are finding their way into Egypt and sold on the black market and on to Gaza.


    The head of Libya's national rebel council, Abdul Jalil, says that Libya's national wealth will be distributed equally among the population, Reuters reports.

    Sky's Tom Rayner

    tweets: Rebel brigade from Misrata continuing assault south of Rixos against remaining Gaddafi forces - arms dump find will prove extremely useful


    Italy is also prepared to send advisers to Libya to help with reorganising the local police and military, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said.

    The BBC's foreign editor Jon Williams The BBC

    tweets Oh dear - sorry if my friends in Manchester found the last tweet unfunny. 4 happy years in Manchester - comedy & 140 characters don't mix.


    tweets: The problem seems to me that nobody knows what tunnels there are & where they have entrances. #Libya #Tripoli #Gaddafi

    1452: The BBC's David Willey in Rome

    also reports that the Italian national oil company will supply large quantities of petrol and gas to the local population in Libya free of charge.


    The Libyan rebel body, the NTC, will now represent the North African state in the Arab League, the secretary general of the League Nabil al-Arabi is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency. "The NTC of Libya is the only legitimate representative of the Libyan state to the league," he is quoted as saying.

    Sky's Tom Rayner

    tweets: We've also been to a former govt office block - rebels rifling through filing cabinets & desks for papers. Gaddafi uniforms strewn all over


    "I call on our people in the areas that have not been liberated ... to join the revolution," Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head of Libya's national rebel council, exhorts at a press conference in the eastern city of Benghazi.

    CNN's Arwa Damon

    tweets: written on the wall at #tripoli airport "we are paying the price for staying silent for 40 years"


    Heavy clashes are reported in the Abu Saleem neighbourhood of Tripoli, where rebels believe that Gaddafi or one of his sons may be holed up, Al-Jazeera's Zeina Khodr tells the news channel from Tripoli.


    The Abu Saleem neighbourhood is said to be an area where Gaddafi has a lot of popular support, al-Jazeera's Zeinha Khodr says.

    The BBC's Lyse Doucet

    tweets: Reports intense fighting Abu Slim today, area of notorious prison.#Libya

    1517: The BBC's Lyse Doucet in Tripoli

    reports that the rebels who have overrun Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound are now exploring the compound and the underground tunnels there and have found a number of bodies, including, apparently, mutilated corpses.

    Supervising News Editor at CNN Wire Saeed Ahmed

    tweets: Smoke is rising from Gadhafi's compound Bab al-Azizia in Tripoli, CNN's Sarah Sidner reports. #Libya

    Amal from Benghazi

    writes to BBC Arabic: "Gaddafi being on the loose is worrying for the whole world and not just Libyans. I hope he is captured soon so that he doesn't become the new Bin Laden."


    More speculation about events unfolding at the apartment blocks in Tripoli where rebels believe Gaddafi is hiding. In its 1400 news bulletin the pro-rebel radio station Libya FM reports that: "rebels had said that they were surrounding a number of residential buildings near Bab al-Aziziya compound, as Gaddafi and his sons were believed to be hiding there". This has not been independently confirmed.


    Bosnia is the latest country to recognise the Libyan National Transitional Council as the new government, BBC Monitoring reports, citing the Croatian news agency Hina. Bosnia withdrew its envoy from Libya four months ago but its embassy in Tripoli continued working, the report said.

    Al Arabiya English

    tweets: #NATO is contributing intelligence and reconnaissance equipment to the search for #Libya's #Gaddafi

    International Committee of the Red Cross

    tweets: #ICRC confirms role in helping journalists leave #Rixos in #Tripoli. More info coming. #Libya


    Migrant African workers stranded in Libya are terrified they will be mistaken for pro-Gaddafi mercenaries and attacked or detained by the rebels, Antonio Guterres the UN's high commissioner for refugees tells the AP news agency. "Their testimony is the testimony of despair, they feel trapped, they cannot move," he says of the thousands thought to be stranded there.


    Tariq, a Tripoli resident with dual Libyan-US nationality, tells the BBC News channel that the whereabouts of Gaddafi is not the main concern of ordinary people: "People are happy they can go out and breathe in their streets and express what they feel to their neighbours and friends."


    The IMF may recognise Libya if a new government is widely accepted, a spokesman says, the AFP news agency has just reported.


    There are still some voices in support of Gaddafi. Aisha (not her real name), from Tripoli but now outside Libya, says: "The NTC are welcome to come to Tripoli - but I don't think they will be accepted." She told the BBC's World Have Your Say programme that many of the current rebels were enthusiastic members of his government and asked Libyans to remember that "not everything that Gaddafi did over the last 42 years was a crime."

    Libyan rebels take position during clashes with loyalists in the Abu Salim neighbourhood of Tripoli on August 25, 2011.

    Libyan rebels take position during clashes with Gaddafi loyalists in the Abu Salim neighbourhood of Tripoli. Some rebels have said they believe Gaddafi is holed up in an apartment block in the area - but there is no confirmation of that.

    Mawadda Elmabruk

    tweets: Car horns in #HayAlandalus #Tripoli #Libya


    writes on BBC Arabic's Facebook page that: "If Gaddafi remains at large he will bankroll terrorist activities inside Libya and if he flees the country the damage he inflicts will be greater. That's why the transitional council has a put a price on his head."

    The BBC's Jonny Hallam

    on the way to Sirte tweets: We are at sidar the new front line. After a few hours of stalemate ff have started pounding gad positions in bin jawwad.


    More than 300 rebels armed with Kalashnikovs, rocket launchers and assault rifles have been streaming into the Abu Salim district where they battled Gaddafi loyalists and launched a house-to-house search, says the AFP news agency. "Today we are freeing Abu Salim," and "Today we will conquer Abu Salim," one rebel is quoted as shouting as he headed towards the fight.

    Via Twitter The BBC's Jonny Hallam

    who previously tweeted that he was around Sidar tweets: Dozens of rebel rockets now coming from behind us flying over our heads.


    The BBC's Middle East Bureaux Chief Paul Danahar, just south-east of Gaddafi's compound, says that the rebel speculation that Gaddafi is based in an apartment bock here has generated huge interest in the area. "I don't know if this is rumour which has become fact in the minds of others or if this is the area where the man really is hiding out," he says. However, he adds, that there are snipers in the area.

    1622: The BBC's Paul Danahar

    adds that he has seen the bodies of five Gaddafi troops - two of them with their hands bound behind their backs. He says they may even have been killed a few days ago. However, he adds, that he also saw a rebel vehicle with captured loyalist troops who did not look as if they had been badly treated. We do not know the circumstances of these deaths, he says.


    Libya's conflict cost more than 20,000 lives, a rebel leader is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

    1629: The BBC's John Simpson in Tripoli

    says that the greatest need is for political leadership so that the Libyan state can begin to function again - but there is no sign of that at present. Mountains of rotting trash grow by the day on the streets of Tripoli and burned-out cars have been left where they crashed. Checkpoints are manned by rebels - who are friendly and polite - but they are no substitute for the police who have vanished, our correspondent reports.


    Foreign countries which backed Libya's revolt will be rewarded with contracts in the country's post-war reconstruction, rebel chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.


    Libyan loyalist TV channel Al-Uruba is broadcasting what is believed to be a new speech by Gaddafi - he is addressing the people of his hometown Sirte in an audio message.


    Gaddafi is reported to have said in his speech that: "Libya is for Libyans not for foreign agents"


    "Gaddafi has remained a respected figure on the African continent in the eyes of many of Africa's governments - particularly the less democratic ones," Frans Cronje of the South African Institute of Race Relations tells BBC World Service.


    More colourful and passionate rhetoric from Gaddafi: "We must resist these enemy rats, who will be defeated thanks to the armed struggle," he is quoted as saying in his broadcast by the AFP news agency. And he has this message for his supporters: " "Leave your homes and liberate Tripoli."


    In his speech Gaddafi appealed to the people of Tripoli to capture and kill the "rats street by street, house by house." And he also singled out Sarkozy in his speech "Libya is for the Libyan people...not for imperialism, not for France, not for Sarkozy, not for Italy," he is quoted as saying by Reuters.


    Libya's former prime minister Abdul Salam Jalloud, who defected in August, is speaking in Rome. He thanks Italy, France and Great Britain for their support in the conflict.


    The Associated Press news agency says that Gaddafi's spokesman Moussa Ibrahim has made a call to the news agency's office in Cairo to say that the Gaddafi was in Libya and that his morale was high. He "is indeed leading the battle for our freedom and independence" Mr Ibrahim is reported to have said. AP says they were convinced the caller was Mr Ibrahim from his voice.


    "I think very, very few people support him [Gaddafi] now," says Shukri Ghanem Libya's former oil minister, and a former prime minister, who defected in May. "It is important that he is caught, because it will put an end to the fear of more civil war," he told the BBC World Service.


    According to the person who filmed this footage, it shows the opulent bathroom of Gaddafi's daughter Aisha. The cameraman says: "Look at how Dr Aisha was spoiling herself - look at the size of the jacuzzi, look at the bed and the TV, and the sauna area." The bathroom has a sofa and a flat-screen television.

    The Guardian's Luke Harding

    tweets: Five bullets hit wall and ceiling of Kim Sengupta's hotel room. Big hole in outer wall. Kim fine. Quiet again now. #Libya #Tripoli

    The BBC's Jonny Hallam

    on the road to Sirte tweets: so hard sending tweets with rockets going over your head and dust everywhere.


    Half of the leadership of Libya's rebel council have arrived in Tripoli to begin the transition to a post-Gaddafi era, a spokesman is quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

    The BBC's Jonny Hallam

    close to the frontline of battle outside Sirte tweets thick black smoke towers in to the sky over pro-gad positions. the #FF have hit something that is burning in distance. #Libya

    1749: Wyre Davies BBC Middle East correspondent

    in Tripoli says that Gaddafi supporters are continuing to resist the rebel onslaught in parts of the city. In the Abu Salim district snipers shot dozens of rebels and civilians. In a nearby hospital, one doctor told our correspondent that 20 bodies had been brought in. More than 120 people have been injured - mostly civilians.

    Patrick de Vries

    tweets: Tunnels stocked with phones and beds are found under Gadhafi's Tripoli compound

    1758: Wyre Davies BBC Middle East correspondent

    was one of the first journalists to be let into Gaddafi's compound where he saw the bizarre mementos the war leader kept in his personal museum. But More intriguing, our correspondent says, was the maze of tunnels under the complex, which stretched for miles and which may have helped him escape.

    Foday in The Gambia

    emails: It is time the Colonel calls it quits. The game is over for him. He has lost the battle.

    1812: Paul Wood BBC News, near Sirte

    says: There are now allegations, being loudly repeated on local radio here, that the Gaddafi forces are executing their rebel prisoners and burying them in a mass grave in Sirte. That could be propaganda but it is widely believed on this side of the front line and, true or not, will certainly make it far more difficult to achieve a negotiated and peaceful end to the struggle for Sirte.


    The former pro-Gaddafi state TV station Al-Jamahiriya is now showing the flag used by the rebels - the flag of the pre-Gaddafi monarchy, BBC Monitoring reports. A text on the flag reads "Libya satellite".


    The US would look "favourably" on any Libyan request to the United Nations for police, Reuters says. But an official did not comment on whether US police would take part in any such mission.


    The International Organisation for Migration says a ship it has chartered to rescue hundreds of foreigners stranded in Tripoli has now managed to dock in the Libyan capital. It had waited offshore several days due to the fighting. The IOM hopes to evacuate several hundred people to Benghazi.

    Libyans Revolt

    tweets: Lots and lots of horrible casualties throughout, hospitals were overwhelmed and in some areas - bodies piled up on top of one another


    The Libyan rebel official in charge of finance and oil says they hope to restart exports of crude oil within two weeks. Ali Tarhouni told Reuters they hope to export at least 500,000 barrels per day, growing to 1.6m barrels per day in a year or so. Damage to the oil fields has been minimal, he said.


    An update on the fighting in the Abu Salim district of Tripoli, where Gaddafi loyalists have been holding back rebel fighters. Reuters reports that rebels are now entering the district.


    A Reuters correspondent in Tripoli says a Nato air strike on a building in Abu Salim cleared the way for rebels to enter the district and sweep through houses. Dozens of prisoners have been captured, the correspondent says.


    More from US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Libya's policing needs: "The TNC is unlikely to request a formal peacekeeping force, but it may need UN and international community help supporting its policing needs. And precisely what it may ask for remains to be determined." She said the UN would have to lead, but the US would "look favourably" on any such requests to the UN.


    Pro-rebel Libya TV has a news ticker update reporting that pro-Gaddafi fighters are firing on Tripoli's international airport, BBC Monitoring reports.

    Foreign Policy magazine's Blake Hounshell

    tweets: Cautionary note: Amnesty warns that many so-called mercenaries may be migrant workers pressed into military service


    US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the US believes Libya's stockpiles of low-enriched uranium and mustard gas, collected by Col Gaddafi, are secure.

    Lyse Doucet BBC News, Tripoli

    tweets :Many Libyans in Tripoli have proudly told me very little looting in city.. #Libya


    The BBC has gained access to the labyrinth of tunnels beneath Col Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli. Here's the video.

    1929: Kanal, a resident in Tripoli

    tells BBC World Have Your Say about how his brother was shot by a sniper as he drove to take the rubbish to the tip.


    Housam, who escaped from Abu Salim prison on Wednesday, has been telling the BBC how he got out: "We escaped from there because there was nobody over there - no police, no government forces, no one. They didn't even give us the keys to open the doors. We just escaped from the window which was connected to the concrete walls."

    CNN correspondent Arwa Damon

    tweets : just back from #tripoli airport tarmac, plane burning, artillery incoming so powerful shook watchtower & bc of sniper we had 2 crouch 2 film


    Col Gaddafi may attempt to flee Libya disguised as a woman, says his former close associate Abdel-Salam Jalloud. "He has only four people left around him. There are two possibilities: either he is hiding in the southern part of Tripoli or he left some time ago," said Mr Jalloud, who left Tripoli on Friday for Italy.

    Melissa Fleming, UNHCR spokeswoman

    tweets: We are in touch with African refugees trapped in #Tripoli. Feeling hunted + thirsty. No access to water.


    The International Organisation for Migration says its chartered ship has left Tripoli for Benghazi with more than 200 foreigners who had been stranded in the Libyan capital.


    The IOM says its ship's passengers include Filipino, Egyptian, Algerian, Canadian, Moroccan, Italian and German nationals.

    2007: Barbara Plett BBC UN correspondent

    says the UN will vote on unfreezing Libyan assets soon unless South Africa withdraws its objections.

    Libyan author Hisham Matar

    tweets: Izzo is dead. My darling 22 yr-old cousin died fighting in #Tripoli. Read his obituary: #Libya


    Recently-defected Abdel Salam Jalloud, formerly a close associate of Gaddafi, believes his former leader is still in Tripoli, adding that Gaddafi is "drunk with power." He is quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that "the rebels must open the roads. After they open the roads, he may dress in woman's clothes and leave Tripoli for the Algerian border or Chad."

    2028: BBC Monitoring

    points to footage currently being shown on the pro-rebel Qatar-based Libya TV, also known as Al-Ahrar TV, which shows what the host says are prisoners being freed from the Abu Salim jail in Tripoli. The silent footage showed rebels trying to break the locks of iron doors. The programme's host said the prison "bears witness to very painful stories."

    2036: Robin Waudo

    of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Tripoli tells the BBC News Channel that there has been an influx of wounded patients. He adds that one of the main priorities is helping medical workers who are not able to come to work - hospitals do not have enough trained staff because of the security situation.


    tweets: Huge battle happening in south of #Tripoli close to airport and Benghasheer area. A doctor had his car window shot earlier #libya #feb17


    Pro-Gaddafi Al-Uruba TV - which is based in Syria - says in an ''urgent'' screen caption that Western planes are bombing Sirte, BBC Monitoring reports.

    The BBC's Jonny Hallam

    tweets I spoke to a commander on the front who I had interviewed in April but he no longer wanted to be on camera because of Gaddafi assassins.


    More on the amateur footage, allegedly from the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli. A man purportedly involved in the prison-break told Sky News that as security officials left the prison they said: "If you can, break out, break whatever you can." The prison has held many opponents of Gaddafi over the years.

    Paul Danahar BBC Middle East bureau chief

    tweets: Tonight #Tripoli starting to return to normal. Some shops opening. Kids riding bikes in streets. Lot more relaxed #Libya #Gaddafi


    French philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy, a champion of the Libyan uprising, has been in Tripoli where he said he found "a population that saluted its liberators unanimously." He spoke to the AFP news agency from the Libyan city of Misrata.


    Despite the pockets of resistance and battles ongoing in parts of the city, some areas have begun to assume a veneer of normality, correspondents say. Here two women walk past burned out cars in Tripoli.

    Libyan women walk by burned cars in Tripoli, Libya, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

    Sarah Palin has published a note on her Facebook page on the fall of Tripoli: "We join the Libyan people in gratefulness as we hear of Col. Gaddafi's defeat. The fall of a tyrant and sponsor of terrorism is a great day for freedom-loving people around the world."


    tweets: You can't go in and bomb and destroy Libya and then expect Libyans to trust you in any way. #NATO


    The first boat organised by the International Organisation for Migration carrying more than 200 foreign workers has left Tripoli now. On board was nine-year-old Arjan from the Philippines, whose mother worked at Tripoli's main hospital: "I was frightened by all of the bang-bang," he told the AFP news agency.


    Reports are coming in that the US and South Africa have reached a deal to allow the UN to release $1.5bn in frozen Libyan assets for humanitarian needs.


    The agreement means the US will not press for a vote at the UN Security Council to force the release of the funds, say diplomats.


    South Africa had blocked release of the funds at the UN sanctions committee because it said releasing the funds to the Libyan rebels could imply recognition of the National Transitional Council as Libya's government. South Africa and the African Union haven't recognised the rebel administration, though more than 40 countries have.

    2157: Barbara Plett BBC UN correspondent

    says according to UN diplomats, South Africa dropped it objections at the last minute, because the Americans agreed to remove the reference to the rebel government.


    Col Gaddafi's former deputy, Abdel Salam Jalloud, who defected last week, says he is trying to form a new political party which will be "nationalist, liberal, secular". Mr Jalloud helped in the coup that overthrew Libya's monarchy in 1969 and brought Col Gaddafi to power.

    2216: John Simpson World Affairs Editor, BBC News

    says the agreement at the UN to release frozen Libyan assets is recognition that the world thinks Libya is heading in the right direction and needs help.

    2219: John Simpson World Affairs Editor, BBC News

    adds that in the long run, Libya needs outside help in training its civil society - its lawyers, judges and politicians.


    tweets: Hope that all skeptics abt current situation in #Libya who might think #Gaddafi was not so bad:Look how ppl r being killed&tortured #Tripoli


    The pro-opposition Libya TV has details from the NTC's first news conference in Tripoli, held by the rebel administration's oil and finance minister, Ali Tarhouni, BBC Monitoring reports. "Long live democratic, constitutional Libya forever and glory to our martyrs," he said.


    Canada has officially welcomed the NTC's new envoy to Ottawa. The rebel flag was raised in the lobby of Canada's foreign ministry, AFP reports. Canada is part of the Nato-led alliance helping the rebels against Col Gaddafi's forces.


    At his Tripoli news briefing, the rebel oil and finance minister, Ali Tahouni, said the NTC was now working from the Libyan capital: "I proclaim the beginning of and the resumption of the executive office in Tripoli as of this moment," he said.


    Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota says only the UN Security Council has the authority to take decisions over Libya's future once the fighting ends. "It's important that mistakes made in other places, for example Iraq, are not made again," Reuters quoted him as saying.


    Rebel forces are preparing to relieve other fighters surrounded by Gaddafi loyalists in Zuwara, which is west of Tripoli on the road to the Tunisian border. "Zuwara has been controlled by the rebels for the past three days," rebel commander Bilal Mansur told AFP.


    A correction from Reuters: They now say rebel oil and finance minister expects Libya to be pumping about 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day within two or three months, not weeks as previously reported in our 1834 entry.


    "What's wrong with having a crush on Condoleezza Rice?" asks the Christian Science Monitor after an album of photos of the former US Secretary of State was found in Col Gaddafi's Tripoli compound. In this picture, rebels are seen leafing through the album.

    Rebels look through Condoleezza Rice photo album found in Col Gaddafi's Tripoli compound - 24 August 2011

    tweets: #Tripoli - thinking of everyone in Libya tonight - #Gaddafi et al excepted. Grandfather died in Tobruk in WW2 and is buried in Libya.

    2322: Mark, in Toronto, Canada,

    emails: Nato should co-ordinate with the advance of rebel fighters and continue bombing of Gaddafi fighters. Attack Sirte, Gaddafi home town, bomb all valuable targets - soften the city and let the rebel fighters roll on to the city and the victory is theirs. Gaddafi will be caught dead or alive and the war will be over. Congrats to the Nato and the countries that supported the war to oust the cruel and brutal dictator.


    "I was nine years old when Gaddafi came to power and I've always hoped I wouldn't die before I saw this day," Tripoli resident Ali Salem al-Gharyani told Reuters. "I am now 50 years old and this is the first time, seeing Gaddafi gone, that I have experienced true joy in my life."

    2332: Ahmed, in Tripoli,

    emails: I live in the Andulus district. We are completely on the edge of a humanitarian crisis, the garbage is piled all over the roads, the water has been cut off for two days, electricity comes and goes, phone lines aren't working, mobile networks are on and off. Basic life is gone, we have no access to any basic health systems, the gunfire is constant and the rebels are acting like mad maniacs with AK-47s non-stop all over the city.


    tweets: #Lockerbie bomber Ali al-Megrahi, has fled #Tripoli, his neighbors say they believe he has gone into hiding with #Gaddafi. #Libya #Feb17

    2345: John Simpson World Affairs Editor, BBC News

    reports on atrocities that appear to have been carried out by Col Gaddafi's forces in the days before the fall of Tripoli.


    AP quotes US officials as saying the fate of thousands of shoulder-fired missiles in Col Gaddafi's armouries is uncertain. The officials said the prices of such missiles in the region had fallen, indicating some of the Libyan weapons may be entering the market.


Libya after Gaddafi

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