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Post time 2011-8-24 22:56:52 |Display all floors
Since August 21, the hotel has suffered power cuts and was deserted by government minders as fighting broke out around the building. Despite still being under the control of armed Gaddafi loyalists, the hotel was no longer properly staffed as of 23 August, and many had fled as fighting erupted around the building. The hotel came under a sustained siege by rebels during the battle of Tripoli as food and water supplies started dwindling. It is one of the last places in Tripoli under control from Gaddafi loyalists and housed an estimated thirty five foreign journalists as of August 24. According to a report from a BBC journalist from within the hotel, the building contained American journalist and cameramen, British journalists and cameramen, an American Congressman, members of ITN (one of whom had an AK47 pointed at him by a guard), and an Indian Parliamentarian 'unable to leave the hotel on our own free will'. Gunmen are currently said to be patrolling the corridor and snipers, loyal to Colonel Gaddafi, are said to be on the roof.

The following list of the 37 journalists in the hotel is incomplete:

Confirmed at hotel

    Matthew Price, BBC
    Matthew Chance, CNN
    Jomana Karadsheh, CNN
    Annie Phrommayon, Bangkok BBC
    Dario Lopez Mills, AP Photog Central America
    Missy Ryan, Reuters
    Paul Hackett, Reuters
    Mahdi Nazemroaya, independent journalist, Canada, AP
    Sze Ho-wai, CCTV
    Feng Yunxian, CCTV
     Xiaofeng, Phoenix TV
    2 others, Phoenix TV
    Thierry Meyssan, French
    Tadek Markowski, FoxNews
    Rolando Segura, TeleSUR (Venezuela)
    Walter E. Fauntroy, pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and civil rights activist
    K.A. Paul, no work info
    John Hutton, no work info
    Mathieu Ozanon, French independent journalist
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Post time 2011-8-24 22:59:19 |Display all floors
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Post time 2011-8-24 23:02:49 |Display all floors
One theory, as Jon Leyne explained on the BBC News live blog devoted to the war's endgame, is that the guards around the hotel could be defending "a high-value target," somewhere in the building. As The Lede explained in May, when Colonel Qaddafi mysteriously appeared inside the Rixos without any of the dozens of journalists there having seen him enter the building, a rumor swept the foreign press corps that the Libyan leader's ultimate hiding place could be in the hotel. Andrew Gilligan, a correspondent for London's Telegraph who took it upon himself to investigate that possibility in May, reported then: "Staff at the Rixos said there was a underground tunnel from the hotel to Bab al-Aziziya, which is about half a mile away on an adjacent plot of land. An unmarked door opposite the conference room Qaddafi used led to a staircase to the basement and in turn, through white-tiled corridors, to a sealed metal door from which the handle had been removed."

That theory was perhaps bolstered on Monday night, when Colonel Qaddafi's son, Seif al-Islam, suddenly appeared at the hotel to show the foreign press corps that he was not, in fact, in rebel hands.

A Libyan opposition supporter who blogs from Tripoli as TrablesVoice reported on Twitter a short time ago that rebels fighters said they control the part of Colonel Qaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya above ground, "but not the underground."

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com ... ripolis-rixos-hotel
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Post time 2011-8-24 23:29:18 |Display all floors
Sources?

Oh yes, CNN, BBC and the NYT.

Strange, RT has a different story.

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Post time 2011-8-24 23:31:17 |Display all floors
And Thierry Meissen says the hoons are NATO hitman.

Oh yes, I forgot... he doesn't work for CNN.

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Post time 2011-8-24 23:33:49 |Display all floors

Saif

It's all Saif's fault for not letting himself be arrested by NATO hoons aka "rebels".

How dare he.

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Post time 2011-8-24 23:35:32 |Display all floors
So, when are the Franco-German foot soldiers going to land in Libya?

I hear some French have already landed... correct?  

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