Heavy fighting and gun battles have broken out in areas of Tripoli after opposition fighters gained control overnight of much of the Libyan capital in their battle to end Muammar Gaddafi’s decades-long rule.
Clashes erupted on Monday after tanks left Bab Aziziya, Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, to confront the rebel assault.
Many of the streets in the centre of the city, where anti-government supporters had celebrated hours earlier, were abandoned as pockets of pro-Gaddafi resistance and the presence of snipers and artillery fire made the area dangerous.
Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, who advanced into the city with rebel fighters overnight, said the security situation in the city was “tenuous”.
Read more here: Fighting rages over Gaddafi’s compound – Africa – Al Jazeera English.