Libyan Rebels: 'Gadhafi's Foreign Minister in Custody'

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Rebel officials announced Thursday they had captured Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's foreign minister.

The news comes amid an intense manhunt by opposition forces to capture Gadhafi along with other top officials in his regime.
  
Rebels believe they're within a week of closing in on the strongman, who they believe to be hiding out in his hometown of Sirte.

The city is located 250 miles east of Tripoli and is perhaps the last bastion of Gadhafi loyalists.

Rebel leaders insist they would give Gadhafi a fair trial, but Western observers are not so sure.   Based on the unveiled animosity some rebel soldiers have displayed toward the dictator, some believe their apprehension is not unfounded.

In Tripoli's Martyr's Square, formerly Green Square, a crowd honoring the dead waved the opposition flag and celebrates Eid al-Fitr, the closing holiday of Ramadan.  It's the first holiday in 42 years without Gadhafi in power.

"Thank God this Eid has a special flavor. This Eid we have freedom," Adel Kashad, 47, a computer science engineer in an oil company, told Reuters. 

"Libya has a new dawn," he added.

After several of Gadhafi's family members fled to Algeria, many Tripoli residents expressed their anger at the evidence of lavish lifestyles they left behind.   

"I can't even believe what I am seeing," local resident Muftah Shubri said as he walked across the lawn of a two-story mansion that belonged to Gadhafi's daughter, Aisha.

Meanwhile, human rights groups are concerned about rebel vigilante groups who are detaining African migrants, accusing them of being mercenary soldiers for Gadhafi. 

One Western delegation claims to have seen mistreatment first-hand.

"In just a few hours yesterday, in a central hospital in Tripoli, they witnessed both verbal and physical abuse against black patients in the hospital," said David Nichols, a senior executive officer with Amnesty International.

"One man was beaten whilst the delegation was there," Nichols reported. "Another man was taken away by opposition forces."

Another challenge for the rebels - water.  It's in desperately short supply in Tripoli, where the opposition claims the reserves were sabotaged by Gadhafi.  With temperatures in the triple digits, it's a problem they hope to solve soon.

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