July 24, 2011 / 12:15 AM / 9 years ago

Blasts rock Tripoli, Libya state TV says NATO strikes

TRIPOLI, July 24 (Reuters) - Explosions rocked the Libyan capital early on Sunday, Reuters witnesses said, sending a giant plume of smoke into the air.

Libyan state television said NATO air strikes struck the Libyan capital but gave no further details.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is clinging to power despite ongoing NATO-led air campaign and a lengthening conflict with rebels who now control roughly half the country.

The explosions hit Tripoli at about 0100 local time on Sunday, a day after NATO launched strikes on what it said was a military command site in Tripoli.

State television said the NATO strikes early on Saturday had hit civilian and military sites and had wounded several people.

One Tripoli resident said one of Sunday’s strikes appeared to have hit an intelligence building in Tripoli, the first hit on that building since the Western-led military alliance began strikes on Libya in March.  (Reporting by Missy Ryan; editing by Matthew Jones)

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