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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Central Tripoli 'rocked by five explosions' - 23rd July 2011

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The Libyan capital was rocked by a series of explosions, thought to be the result of NATO airstrikes, early on Saturday, the Reuters news agency reported.

Four blasts rocked the hotel were international media were based and a fifth was heard slightly further off, the agency quoted witness as saying.

There was no official word on what were the possible targets or if there were any casualties.

Earlier, the opposition has escalated its offensive against Gaddafi's forces east of Tripoli, capturing one of the most prominent government commanders along the way.

After two days of fighting, they moved their position to about 4km forward from Dafniyah, a small town between Zliten and Misurata, on Thursday.

"We move forward [now] towards Zliten," said Ayman, an opposition field commander, referring to the coastal town 160km east of Tripoli.

"We are now close to an area called Tuesday Market in Zliten and, God willing, we will liberate our people in Zliten soon from the forces of the tyrant."

The Libyan government said that NATO air strikes targeted civilian sites in Zliten. Foreign media were shown destroyed buildings and wounded civilians in the town.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid, reporting from Misurata, described General Abdul Nabi Zayed, the captured commander, as one of the most high-value prisoners taken by the opposition to date.

Zayed allegedly co-ordinated the deployment of tanks into Misurata in March which triggered the recent fighting.

"According to the military commanders here in Misurata, Zayed was actually captured yesterday as they started their offensive towards the town of Zliten. He was slightly injured, so he was brought back to the hospital here in Misurata," she said. Read More