Rebels say Gadhafi holed up; broadcast tells Libyans to stay in Tripoli, fight
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, seen here in November, is surrounded at an apartment complex in Tripoli, rebels say.
August 25th, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Rebels say Gadhafi holed up; broadcast tells Libyans to stay in Tripoli, fight

[Updated at 4:54 p.m.] An agreement has been reached in the U.N. Security Council to release $1.5 billion in frozen Libyan assets to the country's fledgling rebel government, diplomats said Thursday.

[Updated at 2:13 p.m.] Gadhafi loyalists have destroyed an empty Libyan airline passenger plane parked at the international airport in Tripoli.

[Updated at 11:54 a.m.] A message purportedly from Moammar Gadhafi was aired Thursday on a loyalist radio station.

The speaker urged people not to leave Tripoli "for the rats." It further implored listeners to "Go out into the streets and fight."

CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the recording. Gadhafi has previously described his adversaries before as rats.

[Updated at 10:49 a.m.] The main source of the opposition's supplies is coming from fighters loyal to Gadhafi. As the rebels win battles, they gather up the enemy's weaponry and equipment to add to their own arsenal.

In Ras Lanuf, home to an oil refinery capable of producing hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil a day, a long line of trucks awaited refueling. Most of the trucks had been taken from Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists and been retrofitted with heavy weaponry, including anti-aircraft guns and a rocket launcher.

Ras Lanuf is about 125 miles from Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown and one of the Libyan leader's last strongholds.

Gadhafi has a $1.4 million bounty on his head, but despite claims that he is holed up in an apartment complex in Tripoli, observers are skeptical because of a past rebel assertion that they knew where the Libyan leader was hiding and another announcement that they had captured his son, Saif al-Islam. Neither were accurate.

[Updated at 10:15 a.m.] There has been sporadic but intense artillery fire throughout day near Tripoli International Airport as rebels try to capture the highway connecting the airport and the capital. The airport is about 17 miles south of the capital.

[Updated at 10:09 a.m.] It is difficult to tell exactly what is happening on the ground because while there are legitimate firefights taking place, there is also plenty of celebratory gunfire, including from the rebels' large-caliber, anti-aircraft guns.

CNN's Dan Rivers, however, said there was a fierce firefight in one corner of Moammar Gadhafi's compound about two hours ago.

[Updated 10:02 a.m.] Smoke can be seen rising from Bab al-Aziziya, the Libyan leader's compound.

[Posted at 9:46 a.m.] Rebels say they believe Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is at an apartment complex near his compound in Tripoli, a rebel commander said Thursday.

The commander told CNN that more troops have been dispatched to surround the building.

Rebels say they believe the leader of more than four decades may be holed up with some of his sons.

CNN has not been able to confirm the rebels' claim independently. Rebels have made many bold statements in recent days, some of which haven't turned out to be true.

The rebels did not explain why they believe it is Gadhafi inside the apartment buildings, where Reuters reports rebels are trading gunfire with the leader's loyalists.

"They are together. They are in a small hole," one of the fighters involved in the battle, Muhammad Gomaa, told Reuters. "Today we finish. Today we will end that."

soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. thedizzle

    And chalk up one more murder for oil.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • zhawk88

      Proof please? Otherwise shut the eff up. This was about saving civilians you moron.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Fish

      And God knows how many murders we "chalk up" to Gadhafi... Go hug a tree!

      August 25, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • JiminNM

      You are exactly correct, for oil, for gold, for elimination of national sovereignty and true freedom and liberty. Another conquest by the economic hit men, the jackals, the elite, the politicians, the bankers, the corporatiions and their Khazar puppet masters over the real human citizens of the world.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • El Jeffe

      #Jimin – he's a really bad guy – doesn't care about 'his people', only the lust for power, like a dictator does. This is liberation and CREATION of freedom. All such rulers eventually die under internal attack by their own people. Your statements are a bit hyperbolic.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • gg

      A bullet in the eye of a tyrant cowering in a whole full of his own urine. A fitting end to a wacked out terrorist.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dumbrebels

      Indeed...The dumb rebels are just clearing the path for the economic hit men..Dumbos! How did so-called "protecting the civilians" become a full-blown war, and man-hunt eventually? Destroy a country to protect their civilians?LOL..They must think the whole world is dumb! Oh, actually they don't care.Long as they get their oil! OOh well, God still reigns...

      August 25, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    Live by the sword , die by the sword

    August 25, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jennifer NYC

    Well, Khadaffy said he would prefer to die in his own seems the best way to end it.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. TheFatherofLies

    There are no heroes in this mess but if Libya can crawl out from under this paranoid villain and his Koopalings more power to em.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • JiminNM

      Actually, the economy of Libya is far better managed than that of the United States. Do your homework before reaching the conclusion you reached. Gadhafi was going to unify Africa, establish a single African currency based upon gold, demand payment for oil and other African commodities in gold not dollars, ensure the continuing sovereignty of the African nations and improved the plight of the Africans as he has done for Libya. The evidence has been presented and is easy to find if you want to find it, but we refuse to do our homework for ourselves and would rather have our ears tickled by the government and media.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Dictators want to do many things, some of them may even be good. But in the end they are dictators and deserve no reward but death.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Dumbrebels

      I LOVE that there are still a few smart ones like JiminNM around..folks who can read between the lines and not swallow everything the 'media' shovels down our throats...
      I guess the rioters in London should have been given arms as well..bull-–
      In Libya, medical students were only required to pay 20 dollars as tuition, under Ghadaffi.Yup, the media , doesn't tell you that part huh?!
      Oh well, lets see how much they start paying for tuition now with their 'so called new-found freedom"..and no Ghadaffi

      August 25, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. thedizzle

    Anyone else notice that our "media" hasn't covered any of the MASSIVE BOMBINGS conducted by the U.S. and NATO on Libya? Rebels, my a$$.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • zhawk88

      yes they have, please stop talking out your a__.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • El Jeffe

      Really? Take a break from Call of Duty and watch the TV or read the news.... 😉

      August 25, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    Whoopty doo, they'll replace him with another equally evil and greedy leader. Then it'll be back to torching the country and kill kill kill..

    August 25, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. DaBeast99

    Forty years?!! Guess the rebels will have tear power away from his Ghadaffy's death grip!

    August 25, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sevinthseal

    Live by the sword, die by the sword.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ted Soucie

    Excuse me sir, a rebel is at the door and he is wearing your hat and wants your glasses. Should I hide the umbrella

    August 25, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Emmanel

    Is the West fighting for democracy or for their interest. In Palestine, Is Hamas Democratically elected or terrorist. Am confused in this world of the west and crude oil. God please dry all the crude's underground at least all this wars will stop for good.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Liberty Queen

    Killing a dictator is not murder, it's justice.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. fritz65

    It's wonderful to have the latest on Libya, however why put ALL THIS FOCUS and ENERGY into what's happening in the US? Many of us need to hear job reports, market stats, health insurance referendums, not Libya, the Rebels, or Ghadafi. We are in deep doo-doo in this country and Congress whines about their annual "vacation" and the President of the United States, which is in the hopper at this time, is on vacation on Nantucket, or Martha's Vineyard, or someplace he shouldn't be...........he outta be kickin' the a** of every opponent to changes needed to get this machine working again, starting with Cantor: what a tw*t!

    August 25, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Liberty Queen

      There are plenty of places to get the info you seek on the US economy which is directly affected by events all over the world, including the very important and historic fight for freedom in Libya. We fought the brits for our freedom and the Libyans are fighting a dictator for theirs. This isn't about you so quit your sniveling.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Not much he can do while congress is on their five week vacation. If he did anything now, the tea partiers and Republicans would say he was acting without their approval. Let the man relax until congress gets back...

      August 25, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. bembasa

    These are historic times! It will be nice to see him out of the power and see the people get what they have been waiting for,for a very long time!next stop syria..

    August 25, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. john macintyre

    Yes , end this so we can get on to Syria for a real War

    August 25, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. franklin peters

    African leaaders are like flies that follow dead body to the grave, sit tight leaders should know that the blindfolded era has passed we will chase them to their grave.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
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