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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-06-11 01:20 AM
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3. Gov't says it's celebration...but ambulance sirens are also heard
Heavy machinegun fire rocks Libyan capital Tripoli
Sun Mar 6, 2011 6:37am GMT
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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Heavy automatic weapons fire erupted in the Libyan capital Tripoli Sunday, the first such outbreak in Muammar Gaddafi's main stronghold in a two-week-old insurrection against his 41-year-old rule.

Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim denied any fighting was under way in Tripoli, saying the gunfire was staged to fete the army's recapture of several cities from rebel forces.

It was unclear who was doing the shooting, which started just before daybreak, or what had caused it. Machine gun volleys, some of them heavy calibre, reverberated around central Tripoli along with ambulance sirens, pro-Gaddafi chants, and a cacophony of car horns as vehicles sped through the vicinity.

"These are celebrations because government forces have taken control of all areas to Benghazi and are in the process of taking control of Benghazi," Ibrahim said, referring to Libya's rebel-controlled second largest city situated in the far east.

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  -Intense gunfire in Tripoli before dawn--witnesses Turborama  Mar-05-11 10:31 PM   #0 
  - KR  defendandprotect   Mar-05-11 11:46 PM   #1 
  - Live stream being jammed by Gaddhafi.  wtmusic   Mar-05-11 11:58 PM   #2 
  - Gov't says it's celebration...but ambulance sirens are also heard  maddezmom   Mar-06-11 01:20 AM   #3 
  - AJE reporter: "That is not the whole story here in Tripoli this morning."  pinboy3niner   Mar-06-11 01:45 AM   #4 
  - doesn't sound good  maddezmom   Mar-06-11 01:47 AM   #5 
  - Sky News reporter in Tripoli said that it was intense machine gunfire that went on for several hours  Turborama   Mar-06-11 11:10 AM   #6 
  - Libyan loyalists celebrate Muammar Gaddafi's phoney triumphs  bemildred   Mar-06-11 01:55 PM   #7 
     - Sounds like they were phoney celebrations of phoney triumphs to hide the real reason for the gunfire  Turborama   Mar-06-11 11:06 PM   #8 

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