Libyan Opposition: Gaddafi Will Be Arrested within Hours

World | August 23, 2011, Tuesday // 11:38|  views

(FILE) A file photo dated 5 December 2003 shows Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (R) listening to Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (L) during a dinner following the European and African leaders` summit in Tunisia. EPA/BGNES

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will be arrested within hours, according to an announcement made by the Libyan opposition TV.

The rebel TV engaged in a counter-statement to earlier sayings on the part of eldest Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam that the attack on Tripoli has been pushed back.

According to the BBC, one of the presenters on the Doha-based rebel TV station said: "The important thing is that Tripoli's youths freed the capital in less than 48 hours. It is just a matter of hours until youths arrest the whole ruling family."

Earlier opposition National Transitional Council had announced Saif al-Islam had been arrested, only for him to appear hours later in good health and spirits, saying he will lead the government forces to victory.

According to Gaddafi's eldest son's information, rebels control just 20% of the Libyan capital, and have not almost completely overrun it, as other sources state.

At this point it remains highly unclear just how much of Tripoli is under rebel control after the unprecedented attack that started Sunday.

The BBC correspondent in Az Zawiya, 40 km west of Tripoli, writes that the city has been atomized into neighborhoods, each of them either anti- or pro-Gaddafi.

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Tags: Gaddafi, Tripoli, rebels, National Transitional Council, Saif al-Islam, Muammar Gaddafi


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