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Tripoli 'under control' of Gaddafi forces, son says

world Updated: Aug 23, 2011 08:18 IST
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Muammar Gaddafi's regime is in control of Tripoli, Seif al-Islam, the strongman's son, claimed on Tuesday.

"Tripoli is under our control. Everyone should rest assured. All is well in Tripoli," he told journalists outside Gaddafi's compound at Bab al-Azizya.

"You have seen how the Libyan people rose up" to fight the rebels who arrived in Tripoli, he told a small group of journalists, including an AFP correspondent.

"The West has high-tech technology which disrupted telecommunications systems and sent messages to the people," declaring the fall of the regime, he said, referring to text phone messages sent on Sunday to Tripoli residents.

"This is a technological and media war to cause chaos and terror in Libya," he added.

"They also infiltrate gangs of plunderers (in the capital) by sea and in cars," he added, referring to rebel reinforcements arriving in the capital.

Seif al-Islam, wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and who ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo earlier said had been arrested by the rebels, claimed the insurgents had suffered "heavy casualties" on Monday when they stormed Gaddafi's Bab al-Azizya compound in Tripoli.

"I am here to refute the lies," he said about reports of his arrest.