Gaddafi to Libyans: ‘Destroy’ the Rebels

    Image #: 15113149    A Libyan rebel fighter kicks down a door during a house search for snipers in the final push to flush out Muammar Gaddafi's forces in Abu Slim area in Tripoli August 25, 2011. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)       REUTERS /ZOHRA BENSEMRA /LANDOV

    Zohra Bensemra, Reuters / Landov

    A battle has broken out between Gaddafi loyalists and roughly 1,000 rebels surrounding buildings near the Libyan leader’s seized compound. Amid the fighting, Gaddafi urged Libyans to “destroy” the rebels in a statement broadcast on Arab radio stations. Associated Press reporters said rebels were firing on the buildings and that there had been a huge explosion at the scene. Rebels claimed earlier in the day that Gaddafi was hiding in the buildings with his sons, but a rebel leader has since said they cannot confirm who is inside.

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