Closed captioning of: Rebel forces in Libya take full control of airport
fierce fighting in libya.
. nbc news
is live for us. richard, walk us through the bat that took place and how pivotal it is for the rebels.
there have been a lot of developments, positive developments coming out of
. first, the rebels were able to push out beyond the western edge of the the city heading about 20 miles closer to tripoli. and now according to witnesses they have taken control of the airport in
behind enemy lines
. it is otherwise completely surrounded by gadhafi forces. the only way in and out of the city for the rebels and for the air brigade has been through seaport. now at the airport there is the possibility and i say possibility for reasons that will be clear in a second that they could open a second corridor of
. while the reason it's still possible and not likely is that it's unclear what kind of condition the airport is in, are the runways still functional, and there is a no-fly zone in this country so any aircraft that takes to the sky has to have special her mission from nato or it will be shot down. so there is no indication yet that we're going to suddenly be seeing lots of flights going back and forth from
. it certainly is a positive relevant and moral boost for the troops and the rebels on the ground in
richard, there are also reports of suspected revenge killings, seeking out gadhafi loyalists. brief us if there is truth to this and how it might undermine the rebels' cause.
i can saw that report on the cover, i think, of the "new york times." i actually think a little bit exaggerated. there have been so killings here in ben gls ghazi and some agents of vigilante but not like in iraq or even in egypt there's been more killings than there have been here in
remains a safe city, foreign diplomats wander the city, go jogging in the city. it is not descended into a case of lawlessness. yes, there are a few vigilante groups that are apparently hunting down members of the former regime. but i think you can count on one hand since the beginning of this conflict the number of those
taking place here.
riff charred, thank you.