Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Libyan rebels celebrate the entry into Tripoli... - 20 photos

Libyans celebrate as country's six-month conflict nears a close following rebels' advance on the capital....

1) Libyan rebel fighters walk past a road sign reading Tripoli (top), Zhrah (middle) and Benghazi (bottom) as rebels advance through the town of Maia, 25km west of Tripoli [Reuters]


2) A rebel holds up the rebel-adopted old Libyan flag as they race down a road in a vehicle in Gadayem, west of Tripoli [AFP]


3) A Libyan rebel fighter uses the rebel flag as a cover while resting at a checkpoint near the town of Aziziyah [Reuters]


4) A Libyan rebel fighter steps on a rug woven with the face of Muammar Gaddafi at a checkpoint near the town of Aziziyah [Bob Strong/Reuters]


5) Rebel fighters and civilians ride through the town of Maia celebrating after rebels pushed to within 25km of Tripoli [Reuters]


6) A man places the Libyan rebel flag onto a road barrier as rebels advance through Maia [Reuters]


7) Civilians celebrate rebel gains in Maia [Reuters]


8) Libyan rebel fighters ride through the town of Maia celebrating after advancing onto the outskirts of Tripoli [Reuters]


9) A rebel walks past a smouldering vehicle belonging to pro-Gaddafi fighters after capturing the "Kilometre 27" military base, located 16km west of the centre of Tripoli [AFP]


10) Smoke rises from the skyline in Tripoli [Reuters]


11) Members of the media gather in the corridors of the Rixos amid heavy gunfire ringing outside the Tripoli hotel where most of the foreign press were staying [Reuters]


12) An armed Gaddafi loyalist walks through the Rixos lobby [Reuters]


13) The Libyan state television set is seen abandoned at the Rixos in Tripoli [Reuters]


14) A Libyan reacts to news of rebels claiming to have seized control of Tahrir ('change') Square in Tripoli [Bob Strong/Reuters]


15) A Libyan in Benghazi reacts at news of rebels claiming to have seized control of in Tahrir Square in Tripoli [EPA]


16) A Libyan gestures and waves a Kingdom of Libya flag as people gather near the courthouse in Benghazi to celebrate the entry of rebel fighters into Tripoli [Reuters]


17) A man lets off fireworks near the courthouse in Benghazi [Reuters]


18) Thousands of people, mostly Libyans, gather and celebrate rebel gains outside the Libyan Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia [EPA]


19) Men hold a cartoon of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in Benghazi during celebrations of of rebel fighters' entry into Tripoli [Reuters]


20) Fireworks explode as people gather near the courthouse in Benghazi to celebrate the entry of rebel fighters into Tripoli [Reuters]