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Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli

Greeted by jubilant crowds at the gates of Tripoli, Libya's rebel army senses victory

Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
Jubilant rebel fighters swept into the heart of Tripoli as Muammar Gaddafi's forces collapsed and crowds took to the streets to celebrate what they saw as the rapidly approaching end of his four decades of absolute power
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
Rebels waving opposition flags and firing into the air drove into Green Square, a symbolic showcase the government had until recently used for mass demonstrations in support of the now embattled Gaddafi
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
Rebels immediately began calling it Martyrs Square
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
The rebels made their entrance into the capital driving in convoy through a western neighbourhood
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
Remaining defiant, Gaddafi earlier had made two audio addresses over state television calling on Libyans to fight off the rebels (Getty Images)
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
Resistance to the rebels appeared to have largely faded away, allowing the rebels and their supporters to demonstrate in Green Square (Getty Images)
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
Near Green Square youths burned the green flags of the Gaddafi government and raised the rebel flag (Getty Images)
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
NATO, which has backed the rebels with a bombing campaign, said the transition of power in Libya must be peaceful (Getty Images)
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
After a six-month civil war, the fall of Tripoli came quickly, with a carefully orchestrated uprising launched on Saturday night to coincide with the advance of rebel troops on three fronts. Fighting broke out after the call to prayer from the minarets of the mosques (Getty Images)
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
Celebratory gunfire and explosions rang out over the city and cars blaring their horns crowded onto the streets. Overhead, red tracer bullets darted into a black sky (Getty Images)
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
A Libyan government official said that 376 people on both sides of the conflict were killed in fighting overnight on Saturday in Tripoli, with about 1,000 others wounded (Getty Images)
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
Rebels waving opposition flags and firing into the air drove into Green Square, a symbolic showcase the government had until recently used for mass demonstrations in support of the now embattled Gaddafi (Getty Images)
Fireworks and euphoria as rebels take Tripoli
Jubilant rebel fighters swept into the heart of Tripoli as Muammar Gaddafi's forces collapsed and crowds took to the streets to celebrate what they saw as the rapidly approaching end of his four decades of absolute power (Getty Images)