August 26, 2011 / 4:35 PM / 8 years ago

Libya rebel minister says Gaddafi, aides surrounded

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A minister in Libya’s National Transitional Council said on Friday rebel forces were surrounding an area of Tripoli where Muammar Gaddafi and his entourage were hiding and were monitoring their presence before attempting to capture them.

“The area where he is now is under siege,” Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi told Reuters. “The rebels are monitoring the area and they are dealing with it.”

Alagi, a lawyer who said he had come to Tripoli to establish the new “legal authority” declined to specify where Gaddafi was.

Other rebel officials have said they believe the fallen strongman has taken refuge in the Abu Salim area in the south of the capital — an area that saw clashes in recent days.

Rebel fighters have said earlier this week that they thought they had Gaddafi cornered but these reports have turned out to be inaccurate, or at least premature.

Reporting by Samia Nakhoul; Writing by Alastair Macdonald

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