Aug. 22 - Egyptians celebrate news of Libyan rebels in Tripoli; Obama says Gaddafi's rule is on the verge of collapse. Julie Noce reports.
EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the Libyan embassy in Cairo Sunday night to celebrate the imminent collapse of Mummar Gaddafi. Protesters waved flags and flashed the victory sign upon word that rebel forces had closed in on Tripoli. 178 kilometers away in Alexandra, more Libyan demonstrators gather in front of-- and on-- the consulate building, tearing down the Libyan nameplate. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LIBYAN DEMONSTRATOR MOHAMED ISMAEL, SAYING: "This is the end of every tyrant, the end of any tyrant. However tyrannical you have been in this world, you will ultimately face the end and this is the end of Muammar." In the U.S., President Barack Obama issued a statement from his vacation house calling on Gaddafi to relinquish power once and for all. But after 41 years, it seems unlikely the beleaguered leader will go willingly. In a last ditch effort to rally supporters, Gaddafi released an audio address on state TV instructing residents to take up their weapons to protect the city. But the words seems to fall on deaf ears as rebels stormed the capital undeterred by government loyalists. Even those in the state TV broadcast center had abandoned the leader. Julie Noce, Reuters