[Update 5: 0830 GMT Aug 23]
In the quietest hours of the night Saif Gaddafi was surprisingly found touring the
streets street of Tripoli between his father’s bunker and the hotel next door in the company of foreign human shields journalists.
“Everything is excellent.”
Perhaps he needs a map of his country:
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[Update 4: 0100GMT Aug 22] Apparently so.
[Update 3: 17:30GMT Aug 21] A good source for updates can be found here
Sunday, Aug/21/11, 04:02 PM (UTC/GMT)
Confirmed by AP: revolutionary fighters in Tripoli take control of the base for the Khamis Brigade, 16 miles west of the capital. This is the most important victory in and probably puts the rebels within hours of complete surrender of the Gaddafi regime.
The Khamis brigade is the most well trained militia in Libya, let by Khamis Gaddafi, one of Muammar Gaddafi’s son. The role of the Khamis Brigade is solemnly to protect the Gaddafi family. The fall of their stronghold will certainly encourage more defections. Just a week ago, the prospect of the Khamis Military base in rebel’s hands was unthinkable.
[Update 2: 1700GMT] “Internet Restored Briefly as Rebels Close in on Tripoli, By John Ribeiro, IDG News”
Local Internet access in Tripoli was strangely restored for a while late Saturday local time after months of disruption, according to reports on Twitter, as rebels closed in on the capital city of Libya. But it was down again for most of the city by Sunday.
Renesys speculated that the “brief Tripoli Internet flicker” was the sign of a conflict within the local phone company itself, with someone struggling to reactivate service at the neighborhood level, only to have it switched off again at the national level.
[Update 1: 0545 GMT Aug 21]
Fighting was still raging after midnight around Mitiga airbase in Tripoli’s Tajourah district, an area said to be under rebel control, an opposition activist told a Reuters journalist outside Libya.
The gun battles left a number of rebels dead in the suburb of Qadah and elsewhere, along with at least three pro-Qadhafi soldiers in the Zawiyat al-Dahmania district of Tripoli, he said.
A Tripoli resident told Reuters that Muslim clerics in parts of Tripoli had called on people to rise up, using the loudspeakers on minarets. The resident said the call went out around the time people were breaking their Ramadan fast.
“We can hear shooting in different places,” one resident said. “Most of the regions of the city have gone out, mostly young people … it’s the uprising… They went out after breaking the (Ramadan) fast.”
[Original diary text] Zlitan, on the road to Tripoli past Misrata, is in the hands of the Libyan Transitional Council and rumors have Gaddafi fleeing Tripoli.
Is this the end?