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."FULL STORY