May 12th, 2011
08:43 AM ET

Opposition claims rebels are in control of Misrata

All of the besieged Libyan city of Misrata has been "liberated," an opposition spokesman said Thursday.

Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, a spokesman for the Transitional National Council, made the announcement to reporters in Benghazi. The claim comes a day after council spokesmen sparred with a Libyan government spokesman over who was in control of the Misrata airport.

Meanwhile, at least two people were killed Thursday when four rockets struck Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound, a government spokesman told CNN. After the blasts, which could be heard in the center of Tripoli, sirens blared and at least two emergency vehicles sped toward the Bab al-Aziziya compound.

The Libya government took journalists near the site of the blast and smoke could be seen still rising from the compound. The bodies of at least two men were shown to reporters at a nearby hospital, and hospital officials said more victims were on the way.

Government officials said 27 people affected by the strike were also brought to the hospital. Most seemed to be suffering from smoke inhalation. The Libyan government said another attack on the same compound April 30 had killed Gadhafi's son Saif al-Arab Gadhafi and three of the leader's grandchildren. Libyan state television reported Thursday the North Korean embassy in Tripoli was damaged in a NATO airstrike.

On Wednesday, Shamsiddin Abdulmolah of the Transitional National Council said the airport in the southern part of Misrata had fallen to "revolutionaries" after opposition fighters in nearby Zlaitin joined their counterparts there.

But government spokesman Musa Ibrahim said government forces were in control of the airport and the seaport in Misrata. He said rebel forces had been there "for (a) short time and left."

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  1. Michael

    I’m sick of banasy getting on here and telling us how she is blessed with a wonderful family and spouting out personal nonsense. And this pollution with her gang of buddies is sickening. They need to go to a chatroom or start their own personal blogs.
    Banasy, you and your sista should go to the library and put books on the shelves. Do something useful for once. Txt or call your buddies. Just get off of these blogs.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michael

    Confession, I am "Outsider'. The fact is, I feel very inadequate and make up fake things. I have a tiny two inch w/a/n/g and am ashamed of it. That is why I makeup fake things about myself. banasy was right when she said I have "delusions of grandeur". I am sorry.

    I also apologize to the real Cesar. I know he is a good guy and has been plagued by trolls. I just want peace and hope he can forgive me. I don't like the trolls and what they say. But, I can deal with most of it, as long as it's not **s/e/x/u/a/l** comments. They just make me feel more inadequate.

    Please forgive me Cesar and everyone else. I hope we can move on to better times.


    May 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    Did the so-called "rebels" really take Misrata or is this another ploy by the people in the right-wing news media to make us believe it? Either way,we have no right to interfere in Libya's civil war but try telling that to the right-wing thugs in Washington!!!

    May 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel D Martin

      Yes we do have ,not only the UN Sequirity Council resolution 1973 right but alsp mandate to intervine to save thousands of Libyans lives otherwise murdered by a criminal gang in power for 42 years
      If you do not care about that ,just say it ,do not blame any press or goverments for what is a very just mission!

      May 15, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    Rebels – opposition – civilians who are mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore . Whatever their name du jour is, the fact is the only ground these rebels, etc., etc., have taken are the areas NATO has cleared for them. And NATO should just admit they are personally after Ghadafi. They bomb the area they know he has been . Pure coincidrnce ? I don't think so. Trouble is, they are just getting bad intelligence from the "rebels ", so their timing is off by a long shot.

    May 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzzzz


    May 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNN

      Don't you and your friends do enough posting? Get a hobby and/or a job.

      May 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    I have no friends. That's why I love how banasy gets on here and tells us how she is blessed with a wonderful family and telling us her stories.

    I wish I had the rapport with her gang of buddies, it's so fun to read.
    They should to do it more!

    Banasy, you and your sista sound like people I'd like to meet online, but I'm a loser.

    Do me a favor and tell me how to make friends. Txt or call your buddies and tell them I need friends!

    Don't ever get off of these blogs.

    May 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Truth about Bin Laden

    Al Queda has retrieved Bin Laden's body from ocean! Exclusive viral video released from terror group.

    May 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • seeing with eyes open

      Oh my god! Our government totally stole the burying out at sea story from Transformers! There's a decepticon in the white house! Well when isn't there one really?

      May 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bin Laden's body

    Yeah they got his body, after the sharks did. One eyeball, a finger and his shriveled "ding-dong". The rest was digested and pooped out from the shark's butts.

    May 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dan smith

    Joey, actually it's your buddy Obama that got us involved in the Lybian civil war, now alqaeda is musseling its way into Lybia and Egypt, one of Bin Laden's upper commanders started the Muslim Brotherhood. Stick to the topic people.

    May 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Linari

    I have a job. I'm a moderator for the CNN Blogs.

    Carry on.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    NATO can't clear the rooftops of snipers, or bomb people in civilian clothes, I assure you, the rebels are having a fight of it. And, yeah on Mo. But he is in command – obviously a command center worth going after.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Why T

    Muslims are smelly and are afraid of soap. Muslims are only good at being loser terrorrists because they are angry at the fact that they are all gay.

    May 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daniel D Martin

    i can not believe a bunch of loonies can judge our international and sequirity policy
    well ,it is wonderful to have freedom of expression!

    May 15, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |