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Tripoli Taken, Rebels Head for Qaddafi's Hometown

Libyan rebels are heading for the hometown of former dictator Muammar Qaddafi after capturing the capital, Tripoli.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 8/28/2011, 12:12 PM

Libyan rebels are heading for the hometown of former dictator Muammar Qaddafi after having captured the capital, Tripoli.

The coastal city of Surt is one of Qaddafi's last strongholds of support, and some analysts speculate he may have fled there to regroup for an attempt to retake power.

Qaddafi has disappeared from sight, although he has issued several statements via audio tape, each exhorting the Libyan people to stand firm against the rebels. Each is also filled and vows that he will eventually return to retake the nation and drive the rebel forces out himself.

Meanwhile, he has not been found despite searches throughout the country. Nor have rebel forces been able to locate his sons who are allegedly in hiding with him.

As rebel forces made their way through the capital, however, they began to discover the grisly remains of victims of Qaddafi loyalists.

Bodies have been found in several areas of Tripoli. More than 50 bodies were found in a burned-out warehouse, according to Sky News, raising questions about a possible execution.

A few days ago, a group of bodies of black people were discovered on a traffic circle outside Qaddafi's Bab Azizia compound. It was an area in which sub-Saharan loyalists had been camped out for weeks to show solidarity with the Libyan strongman.

Decomposing bodies were found at a hospital in the Abu Salim neighborhood, on gurneys in the front entrance and also inside the facility as well – but it was unclear who they were, who their killers were, or even whether they were dead when the hospital staff had fled.

No death toll has yet been determined in the battle by rebel forces to take Tripoli.