08/27/2011, 00.00
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Tripoli, hunt continues for Gaddafi while UN calls for peace and stability

A convoy of six vehicles crossed the border between Libya and Algeria, perhaps carrying Rais and children. Humanitarian emergency in the capital, water, food and electricity are becoming scarce. In a hospital 200 corpses found rotting. Ban Ki-moon appeals to the international community.
Tripoli (AsiaNews / Agencies) - In Libya, Muammar the hunt for Gaddafi continues, even if the Rais may have left the country seeking refuge in neighbouring Algeria. Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to "cooperate" to restore law and order, as increasing evidence emerges of abuse and violations of human rights in Tripoli and around the country. In the capital, now under the control of the National Transitional Council (NTC) - isolated clashes are reported near the airport, while more than 200 bodies were found decomposing in a hospital in the district of Abu Salim.

The Egyptian state agency MENA, quoting sources close to the rebels, reports that a convoy of six armored Mercedes has crossed the border between Libya and Algeria. On board were senior Libyan officials and perhaps - but there is no confirmation at the time - even the same Colonel Gaddafi and his sons. The rebels have instead gained control of the border with Tunisia, opening a channel for the passage of essential goods and supplies.

Meanwhile the humanitarian emergency in Tripoli is becoming increasingly serious, a city now "desperate": there is no drinking water, electricity and the health system is unable to cope with the tragedy of those killed and injured. The structures are lacking food and medicine, even fuel is becoming scarce.

Yesterday more than 200 rotting corpses were found at a hospital in the district of Abu Salim, abandoned by doctors and nurses who fled when fighting began in the area. The United Nations has launched an investigation into allegations of summary killings, torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The UN Secretary-General is appealing to the countries of the world to work for peace and an end to the conflict. The crisis, warns Ban Ki-moon, has entered a "new and decisive phase" and a "smooth" transition of power from the Gaddafi regime to rebel leaders must be pursued

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