BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI

Rebel fighters, foreground, pray during Friday prayers in the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Libyan rebels said they launched their first attack on Tripoli in coordination with NATO late Saturday, and Associated Press reporters heard unusually heavy gunfire and explosions in the capital. The fighting erupted just hours after opposition fighters captured the key city of Zawiya nearby.
Gunbattles and mortar rounds were heard clearly at the hotel where foreign correspondents stay in Tripoli. NATO aircraft made heavy bombing runs after nightfall, with loud explosions booming across the city. CONTINUE

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