Live Report: Gadhafi's rule 'crumbling' in Libya
Updated: 2011-08-22 06:39
Welcome to our live report on unfolding events in Libya as rebel forces take control of the capital’s Green Square. Opposition forces say Col Gaddafi's regime has ended. Here we will bring you the latest news from Libya and reaction from around the world as it happens.
A group of Libyan migrants stormed the Libyan embassy building in Athens Monday afternoon, as the opposition forces announced seizure of much of Tripoli, capital of the war-torn northern African country.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron will jointly host the meeting of the contact group on Libya next week in Paris, said a statement issued Monday night by the Elysee Palace, confirming Foreign Minister Alain Juppe's early remarks on local media.
The fall of Muammar Gaddafi's leadership in oil-rich Libya did not trigger a market rally in the Gulf Arab region Monday. Stock indices in Saudi Arabia and Qatar ended unchanged at 5, 916.31 and 8,095.54 points respectively.
The day-after the Libyan rebels took control of Tripoli bringing the Gaddafi rule closer to the end, several Italian experts said the key to securing a bright future for Libya lied in the success of a national reconciliation process which had to be launched by the Libyan people as soon as the conflict was over.
The Libyan embassy in Belarus on Monday replaced the Libyan state flag with the flag used by the Libyan rebels. The crescent and star emblazoned red-black-green flag that became a rallying symbol for the rebels in Libya was raised at the Libyan embassy in the Belarusian capital here.
Tunisia's interim prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi congratulated Libya's people for their "victory on the way to freedom and dignity," the state-run press agency TAP reported on Monday.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday called on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces to stop fighting immediately and make way for a smooth transition.
Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr announced Monday the Egyptian government's recognition of the National Transitional Council (NTC) as an legitimate representative of Libya.
Libya envoy in Arab League said Monday that there would be no NATO base in Libya after Gaddafi's ouster, official news agency MENA said.
The European Union (EU) on Monday called on the Libyan opposition forces to abide by humanitarian and human right laws, especially not to revenge those who have been involved in the Gaddafi authorities.
Head of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) Mustafa Abdul Jalil said on Monday that Muammar Gaddafi's era was over and he would be given a fair trial if he was captured alive.
Egypt has formally recognised Libya's rebel national council, Egyptian state TV cited the foreign minister as saying on Monday.
"Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel said Egypt recognised the Libyan National Transitional Council," it reported.
European leaders on Monday scrambled to voice their support for the Libyan rebel forces and called on the embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to stop fighting so as to prevent further bloodsheds.
The real victory of Libyan revolution lies in the capture of Gaddafi, said Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), at a press conference on Monday.
The African Union will hold an emergency meeting on the situation in Libya later on Monday, AU officials said, as rebels appeared to be ending Muammar Gaddafi's 42 years in power after a six-month civil war.
The likely end of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi's rule is a lesson for leaders in the Middle East who ignore the demands of their people for change, Turkey said on Monday.
Libya's rebel envoy to Paris said on Monday there was a chance Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi could be tried in Libya and not handed over to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby expressed his "full solidarity" with Libya's rebel National Transitional Council on Monday, as rebel forces battled Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists for control of the capital Tripoli.
NATO should stop its air strikes in Libya, the country's charge d'affaires in London, who supports the rebels, said on Monday after rebel fighters swept into the heart of Tripoli, heralding the end of Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade rule.
Libyan Prime Minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi and head of the Libyan TV union, Abdallah Mansour, are on the Tunisian island of Djerba, Al-Jazeera TV reported on Monday.
One of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons, al-Mutassim, is in the leader's Bab al-Azizya compound in Tripoli, Al Arabiya television said on Monday.
Earlier the Dubai-based channel said that tanks supporting the leader were positioned at the compound's entrance.
Libya's ambassador to Kuwait said Monday the Libyan embassy in Kuwait operates from Monday as a representative of the Libyan National Transitional Council.
There is no immediate prospect of Libya being removed from a list of areas deemed high risk by London's marine insurance market and underwriters will seek a stable period before looking at de-listing, a market official said on Monday.
Jordan on Monday voiced hope for a swift and peaceful transfer of power in Libya, the state-run Petra news agency reported.
Government tanks Monday rolled out of the Bab al-Aziziyah compound of embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in a bid to fend off rebels who already controlled most of the capital.
The European Union will keep sanctions in place against the Libyan government for the time being but is ready to lift them quickly when the time is right, the EU executive said on Monday.