May 9, 2011 / 10:30 PM / 8 years ago

Rebels say fighting in Tripoli, government denies it

TUNIS (Reuters) - A Libyan opposition newspaper said Monday rebels were leading an uprising in the suburbs of Tripoli after being supplied with light weapons by defecting security service officers; the government denied the report.

A Reuters reporter said he could hear no gunfire and was unable to verify the report, posted on the website of the opposition newspaper Brnieq.

Brnieq quoted witnesses who said a full-scale uprising against the rule of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was taking place in the suburbs of Tripoli.

A government official in Tripoli denied the report.

“It’s peaceful out there,” he said.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr in Berlin: Writing by Sylvia Westall in Tunis; editing by Andrew Dobbie

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