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Libyan revolutionaries enter Tripoli

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 22, IRNA -- Libyan revolutionaries entered the capital city of Tripoli on Sunday after they overran a major military base in the outskirts of the Libyan capital that defended Tripoli by forces loyal to embattled Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The Libyan revolutionary forces had managed to reach Tripoli after they drove out elite forces led by Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam. They hauled off truckloads of weapons after capturing a major military base and advanced full speed towards Tripoli. The revolutionaries seized the military base of the Khamis Brigade which is located 24 kilometers to the west of the capital.

Gaddafi's 27-year-old son Khamis commands the 32nd Brigade, also known simply as the Khamis Brigade, one of the best trained and equipped units in the Libyan military.

Inside the base, hundreds of rebels cheered wildly raising the revolutionary flag on the front gate of a large, gray wall enclosing the compound. They seized large stores of weapons from the base, driving away with truckloads of whatever arms they could get their hands on. One of the rebels carried off a tube of grenades, while another carted off two mortars.

Ahmed al-Ajdal, 27, a fighter from Tripoli, was loading up a truck with ammunition.

'This is the wealth of the Libyan people that he was using against us.”Now we will use it against him and any other dictator who goes against the Libyan people,' Ahmed al-Ajdal from Tripoli said while pointing to the haul.

NATO has reportedly been bombing Gaddafi's Tripoli compound continuously, though no casualties have been reported yet.

Anti-regime protests erupted Sunday in several Tripoli neighborhoods where thousands braved the bullets of snipers perched atop high buildings, residents and opposition fighters said.

Meanwhile, Gaddafi’s son and one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam delivered a similarly defiant message on Saturday when he addressed supporters. He told them: “We are not surrendering; it is impossible to raise the white flag.'

'Surrender or the white flag are rejected because this is not the decision of Muammar Qaddafi or Seif al-Islam, it is the decision of the Libyan people,' he said.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30529849

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