Allies hit Gaddafi compound again

Tripoli/Washington: Loud explosions and anti-aircraft fire rang across the Libyan capital for the third night in running as coalition bombers and missiles struck targets, including Muammar Gaddafi`s Tripoli compound and a big naval base on the outskirts of the city.

The allied firepower also targeted Gaddafi`s stronghold of Zuwarah, Sirte, Sebha as well as the embattled city of Ajdabiya as indications emerged that the no-fly zone over Libya is going to be widened to cover almost 1,000 kms.

The awesome blitzkrieg, a top US general said, had virtually frozen Gaddafi`s advance in the key rebel city of Benghazi, handing back some momentum to the rebels, who were on the verge of being overrun just last week.

"Sky above the Libyan capital lit up with anti-aircraft fire after explosions were heard again on Monday night," BBC correspondent reported from the city.

The Libyan television reported that a missile hit a spot near Col Gaddafi`s sprawling Bab al-Aziza compound at around 1900 GMT, without elaborating.

Similar explosions rocked the capital on Sunday night with coalition officials saying that an administrative command and control centre in Gaddafi`s fortified complex had been destroyed by a cruise missile.

The state television also said that a Libyan naval base, 10 kms east of the capital, was also hit last night.

Al Jazeera said the Bussetta base was completely destroyed by missile and air attacks.

Libyan Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said that southern town of Sebha, bastion of Gaddafi`s Guedefa tribe, had also been attacked and these strikes had caused numerous civilian casualties.

Though battered by constant air and missile strikes, the Libyan Government forces continued to engage in scattered fighting, defying the UN resolution which demand an immediate ceasefire by Gaddafi`s troops and an end to attack on civilians.

Al Jazeera reported heavy fighting was going on for control of the town of Misruta, Libya`s third largest town located 214 kms east of Tripoli.

While, Gaddafi`s spokesman claimed that the government troops has stormed into the city three days ago, a rebel spokesman said that street fighting was on in the city and they have repelled Gaddafi`s men.