Gaddafi to Libyans: ‘Destroy’ the Rebels

A battle has broken out between Gaddafi loyalists and roughly 1,000 rebels surrounding buildings near the Libyan leader’s seized compound. Amid the fighting, Gaddafi urged Libyans to “destroy” the rebels in a statement broadcast on Arab radio stations. Associated Press reporters said rebels were firing on the buildings and that there had been a huge explosion at the scene. Rebels claimed earlier in the day that Gaddafi was hiding in the buildings with his sons, but a rebel leader has since said they cannot confirm who is inside.