Unrest in Gaddafi stronghold as NATO targets compound
Published 13/05/2011 | 05:00
Increasing NATO air strikes and worsening shortages of fuel and goods have resulted in mounting pressure on Muammar Gaddafi from within his stronghold of Tripoli.
Yesterday locals reported a wave of anti-government protests in several Tripoli neighbourhoods this week -- dissent that in the past was met with zero tolerance and brutal force.
The rebel opposition, meanwhile, received major political boosts from abroad. Britain has promised to provide them with police gear and the US has invited a rebel delegation to the White House for talks.
Those announcements followed a new round of NATO air strikes on Gaddafi's fortified compound in Tripoli yesterday. Reporters were shown the damage by Libyan officials. One missile appeared to have targeted an underground bunker.
Just hours beforehand, the Libyan leader appeared on state TV for the first time since his son was killed nearly two weeks ago.
Before his appearance, rumours swirled that he had been killed or injured.