Libyan rebels say Muammar Gaddafi surrounded

TRIPOLI Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:19am EDT

A rebel fighter points his rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher as they scout for snipers in the final push to flush out Muammar Gaddafi's forces in Abu Slim in Tripoli August 25, 2011. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A rebel fighter points his rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher as they scout for snipers in the final push to flush out Muammar Gaddafi's forces in Abu Slim in Tripoli August 25, 2011.

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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A group of rebels besieging a cluster of apartment buildings near the compound of Muammar Gaddafi said they believed the man who led Libya for four decades was hiding in the buildings with some of his sons.

Rebels were exchanging fire with Gaddafi loyalists inside the buildings. They did not say why they believed Gaddafi and his sons were inside.

"They are together. They are in a small hole," said one of the fighters involved in the battle, Muhammad Gomaa. "Today we finish. Today we will end that."

(Reporting by Peter Graff; Writing by Christian Lowe and Giles Elgood; Editing by Andrew Roche)

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