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22:13 Neal Mann tweets: “After heavy shelling of the centre of town rebels have taken the town of Bin Jawad. Witnessed very organised artillery fire from the rebel forces today on outskirts of bin Jawad. Staying at a rebel compound tonight, rebels really buzzing from taking Bin Jawad, celebrating with drumming and dancing outside. Rebels have set up extra check points to check for any pro Gaddafi supporters leaving Bin Jawad.”
22:04 Al Jazeera English / Reuters A ship carrying ammunition for the Libyan rebels fighting for control of the coastal road, west of Tripoli to the Tunisian border, blew up on Saturday at Zuwara port.
A huge plume of smoke could be seen rising over the town and smoke was billowing from the burning ship behind a sea breakwater at the port, Reuters reported.
20:59 Reuters Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali al-Karti says Muammar Gaddafi played a part in the Sudanese division, as he pledges support for Libyan rebels during a visit to Benghazi.
Al-Karti said:The previous regime caused us harm. It had connections with the rebel movement in the south of Sudan, which caused the split. It used to support different groups in the south of Sudan to help them split from the country. This makes us stand with the rebels and makes Sudan give them what it gave them. We clarified our position to the head of the NTC.”
18:58 Reuters Libyan rebels now in control of the main border crossing with Tunisia were unable to bring in urgently needed supplies for the capital on Saturday because Tunisia would not let traffic through.
Tunisian officials in the border area said they were worried that if they opened up the Ras Jdir border crossing, fighting in the area between rebels and fighters still loyal to Muammar Gaddafi would spill over into their territory.
16:09 Nic Robertson Tweets: “Rebels say they’ve liberated Al Jamil, town of several thousand, was controlld by G forces, threatening main highway betwn Tripoli & Tunisia border. Now in rebel hands. In center of Al Jamil, euphoria.”
“Rebels pumping rounds in the air celebrating their victory over Gaddafi forces. At least one Gaddafi loyalist was rescued from angry mob by rebels and bundled off at speed.”
“Back in Zuwara now. Rebel leaders here say also they have also taken key strategic loyalist holdout Al Ajaylat. Rebel leaders also say town of Al Zaltan on highway to Tunisia still in hands of G forces. Small but safe detour needed to reach border.”
13:26 Al Jazeera English Jacky Rowland reporting 13 km from Ras Lanuf in the oil terminal of al-Sidra said:
12:47 Al Jazeera English Mahmoud Shammam, speaking at a conference in Tripoli, said that “Tripoli was under control of dictatorship for 42 years, we are lacking a lot of institutions.”
“The TV station and other media will be held under the executive committee. We are in the process of forming a supervising council.”
Tripoli is much safer than Baghdad, he alsosaid, and added that there would be good news soon about Tripoli being clear and stable. They will continue to look for Gaddafi while they stabilize the country.
“We are now very close to the frontline and the military checkpoint behind me is pretty much the last checkpoint before the frontline.
The rebel fighters have been able to push beyond Ras Lanuf right now, but in my experience they have never been able to push any further here. I was pretty close to this very same spot about five months ago.”
“The rebels are testing how far they can get. But the Gaddafi forces at the moment seem to have drawn a red line here just to the west of Ras Lanuf it seems like they really don’t want the rebels to advance any further.”
10:42 Reuters A convoy of six Mercedes cars have crossed from Libya into Algeria, Egypt’s state MENA news agency reported on Saturday, quoting a rebel source.
It was impossible to verify the report and it was not immediately clear who might have been in any convoy, but MENA quoted the source as speculating that senior Libyan officials or Muammar Gaddafi himself and his sons may have fled the country.
“It is believed that these vehicles were carrying senior Libyan officials, and possibly Gaddafi and his sons,” MENA quoted the source as saying.