Heavy fighting near Kadhafi`s Tripoli residence

Tripoli (ANTARA News/AFP) - The sound of heavy fighting was heard Monday morning near the residence in central Tripoli of embattled Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi after rebel forces the previous day surged into the capital, taking over many districts.

Fighting was also heard in the south of the capital from around 04000 GMT, with heavy weaponry and automatic rifle fire being deployed, an AFP reporter said.

Kadhafi`s Bab al-Aziziya compound has been blasted regularly since the start of the international military intervention in Libya on March 19 and most of the buildings in the complex have been flattened.

The strongman`s whereabouts are unknown although he broadcast three audio messages on Sunday as rebel forces were sweeping through the capital and taking over the symbolic Green Square in the heart of the city.

At around 0430 GMT the crackle of Kalashnikov fire could be heard near the Hotel Rixos, which houses most of the foreign media.