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Sunday
Mar062011

Libya: 'Celebratory Gunfire' in Tripoli, Gov't Refutes Rebel Advances

MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Celebrations have broken out in the Libyan capital of Tripoli as Moammar Gadhafi's supporters claim his forces overtook rebels in two key towns. Rebel fighters, however, claim that the cities of Ras Lanuf and Tobruk are only the latest to fall in a westward takeover that now has its sights set on Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte.

"You will hear tomorrow that Sirte has fallen," a rebel fighter told ABC News.

As they prepare to take Sirte, a Gadhafi stronghold, rebels say that a "massacre" is taking place in Bin Jawad, a city about 30 miles northwest of Ras Lanuf. A fighter told ABC that Gadhafi’s forces there were firing indiscriminately into civilian areas and that there were not enough ambulances to carry the wounded.

Meanwhile, reports have surfaced of warplanes hitting rebel forces as they advance toward Tripoli, where residents woke up to continuous gunfire.

While the government insists the gunfire was celebratory, some residents say the sustained fire early Sunday morning sounded more like a firefight. The BBC and Al Jazeera reported gunfire by the main airport, but both outlets say it is impossible to tell who is shooting and why.

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