Thousands of rebels approach Tripoli: Reuters witness

Reuters News
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Posted: Aug 21, 2011 1:34 PM
Thousands of rebels approach Tripoli: Reuters witness

OUTSIDE TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Thousands of rebel fighters 25 km (15 miles) west of Tripoli were seen moving toward the capital Sunday evening, a Reuters correspondent at the scene said.

The fighters passed a road sign saying Tripoli was 25 km away, the correspondent said. He said that as the rebels advanced they took control of a barracks belonging to the so-called Khamis brigade, the Libyan government's most elite security unit which is commanded by one of Gaddafi's sons, Khamis.

(Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Andrew Heavens)