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libya - Aug 21, 2011 - 09:48

Last modified: 21 Aug 2011 06:48

We just spoke with Taher, a Tripoli resident on Sleem Street who has taken up arms against Gaddafi's regime with other residents of his neighbourhood, which is near Bab al-Aziziya, Gaddafi's command center and compound.

Taher told us that he and his neighbours went out last night and have blocked the roads in the area. They are armed with AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, he said. This morning, security forces armed with heavy machine guns and 14.5mm anti-aircraft guns arrived to confront the men and took up positions on the roofs of nearby buildings, including the Nigerian Embassy and Noor Eye Clinic. 

Taher estimated the regime forces numbered 30 to 40 men. AK-47 and machine gun fire was audible in the background. He said that he his mother and niece are hiding inside his house and that they need a NATO helicopter to fire on the security forces on the rooftops.