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REBEL FIGHTERS destroyed what looked like a Gold-plated sculpture of the face of Colonel Gaddafi – in jubilant celebration of coming closer to toppling the 42 year old dictatorship in Libya under Colonel Gaddafi.
The destruction of the sculpture was reminiscent of when jubilant Iraqis pulled down a statue of the then dictator Saddam Hussein, who then ended up on the run, but was caught down a hole, then followed having a public hanging.
The freedom-fighters stormed into the Bab Al-Aziziyah Compound with tiny resistance met from pro-Gaddafi forces – but it is still not known where the dictator is, whether he has fled the country, or whether he has disappeared down a secret passage inside his own compound.
Most of them have not been trained in the art of warfare, they are just ordinary people making a stand determined to oust the Colonel, who has been ruling them with his Iron-grip for over fourty years.
Saif Gaddafi, the son of the Colonel, was not arrested, so it was claimed yesterday by the National Transitional Council, the group that could be in charge of Libya in the days, weeks to come.
The Council is littered with ex-Gaddafi regime supporters.
Gaddafi’s son appeared on the streets last night claiming that the Gaddafi regime was winning the fight against the rebels.
The only sign of Gaddafi is a series of radio broadcasts that have heard him saying that he will fight to the end.
Streams of gunfire could be heard as the rebels continue to celebrate the purported destruction of the regime.
Some Foreign Journalists have been held up in the Rixos Hotel, waiting for there to be word of an official end to the fighting that has been happening for the last 48 hours or so in the Capital Tripoli.
NATO members have been assisting the rebels in their attempted uprisings over the past six months.
David Cameron chaired a National Security Council Meeting yesterday, after returning from a break in Cornwall. Today, he returned to his break leaving the Deputy PM Nick Clegg , and key Cabinet members to monitor the situation in Libya.
Foreign secretary William Hague told news channels that although the scenes were possibly the end of the Gaddafi regime, there would be many problems ahead for Libya. It would be important he said for there to be in place quickly a credible alternative government.
Hague said that the UK would be helping out with the reconstruction of Libya with a £20 million fund to help get the country on its feet.
Libya’s assets have also been frozen.
Leaders have been weary of publically saying that the storming of the Gaddafi compound by the rebels is the official end of the regime – even though there appears to be nowhere for Gaddafi to go now.
US President Barack Obama and the UK prime minister David Cameron have both aired caution on wanting to say the job is done in Libya – unlike when former US president George Bush declared straight after the fighting had stopped, that it had been “job done.”
Speaking on Sky News, a Dr Manal from Tripoli said that Gaddafi was worse than Saddam Hussein. She said Libya needs aid, especially for the Hospitials, as some of the Hospitals are down in the sense that equipment is “shut off.”
A spokesman of the National Transitional Council, Guma el-Gamaty, said: "Gaddafi can run, but he cannot hide, we will flush him out, and make him accountable for the crimes he has committed against the Libyan people." He urged the rebels to not do anything that would jeopardise this "hugely significant day" in History, and not to take revenge against the Gaddafi regime. There's been divisions as to whether the Colonel should be tried in the International Criminal Court in the Hague, or whether he should be tried in Libya, assuming he is tracked down. Here's a video of the Saddam statue in 2003 being pulled down in Iraq.