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`New` Libya must respect human rights: US official

The "new" Libya must avoid acts of retribution, top US official Jeffrey Feltman said.

Cairo: The "new" Libya must respect human
rights and avoid acts of retribution, top US official Jeffrey
Feltman said on Monday after talks with Arab League chief Nabil

"We look forward to the day when we see the end of last
of (Muammer) Gaddafi`s tyranny," Feltman, US Assistant
Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, who recently
visited the headquarters of National Transitional Council, the
Libyan rebel body based in the eastern Libyan city of
Benghazi, told reporters.

"Now that we see the very very end of Gaddafi`s tyranny
and the beginning of a new Libya, it`s important to emphasise
the principles of the respect for human rights, the respect
for justice, not retribution."

Meanwhile, heavy fighting was raging in many parts of
Libyan capital Tripoli today, including outside veteran Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi`s compound, after rebels swept through
large swathes of the capital during the night.

The whereabouts of Gaddafi himself were unknown today but
one of his sons, Seif al-Islam had been arrested while
another, Mohamed Gaddafi was interviewed by Al-Jazeera
television cowering in his house, afraid to leave.


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