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Explosions Reported In Libyan Capital

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Explosions Reported In Libyan Capital

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Explosions Reported In Libyan Capital

Explosions Reported In Libyan Capital

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Explosions were reported Sunday night in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. It's believed NATO launched another round of airstrikes against the capital and also on targets in Sirte, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's hometown. In eastern Libya, anti-Gadhafi rebels were consolidating their gains after retaking the strategic towns of Ras Lanuf and Ajdabiya.

GUY RAZ, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKENDS ON ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Guy Raz.

It's nighttime in Libya's capital Tripoli. Our correspondent there is reporting loud explosions echoing throughout the city. It's believed another round of NATO airstrikes has been launched against the capital and also reportedly on targets in the city of Sirte. That's Moammar Gadhafi's hometown.

Meanwhile, in eastern Libya, anti-Gadhafi rebels are consolidating their gains after retaking the strategic towns of Ras Lanuf and Ajdabiya.

(Soundbite of gunfire)

RAZ: Sounds of rebels celebrating in Ajdabiya. Fierce fighting is also taking place in the western city of Misrata. There are also reports now that NATO is considering whether to arm the rebels. Here's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier today on ABC's "This Week."

(Soundbite of television program, "This Week")

Secretary HILLARY CLINTON (Department of State): We are in contact with the rebels. I've met with one of the leaders. We have ongoing discussions.

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