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Moammar Gadhafi Compound Seized By Rebels

August 23, 2011

Allahu Akbar

[Updated 1:10 p.m. ET, 7:10 p.m. in Libya] Residents in Tripoli are going into the Moammar Gadhafi compound – seized by rebels – and are taking items from there, CNN’s Sara Sidner reported on Tuesday.

Rebels are sitting on Gadhafi regime vehicles inside the compound and firing off a large amount of shots.

She said there is a large blast hole in the eastern gate.

Sidner held up a uniform from the Gadhafi regime that was lying on the ground in his compound.

[Updated 1:06 p.m. ET, 7:06 p.m. in Libya] Aref Ali Nayed, Libya’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, said Tuesday the rebel entry into Moammar Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli represents “a complete victory and we thank God for that.”

[Updated 1:04 p.m. ET, 7:04 p.m. in Libya] CNN’s Sara Sidner reports that gunfire is erupting all throughout the Gadhafi compound.

She added that the celebratory gunfire is becoming dangerous because its coming from every direction.

“There’s [also] now smoke coming from another section of the compound,” she said.

Sidner said the celebration is a clear indication of the importance of the compound to the rebels.

“This is a day when the rebels feel like they have made sure the world knows that Moammar Gadhafi no longer has a grip on their country … or rules Tripoli with an iron fist,” Sidner said.

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