May 9, 2011 / 8:25 PM / 9 years ago

UPDATE 2-Rebels say fighting in Tripoli, govt denies it

(Adds government denial)

TUNIS, May 9 (Reuters) - A Libyan opposition newspaper said on Monday rebels were leading an uprising in the suburbs of Tripoli after being supplied with light weapons by defecting security service officers; the government denied the report.

A Reuters reporter said he could hear no gunfire and was unable to verify the report, posted on the website of the opposition newspaper Brnieq.

Brnieq quoted witnesses who said a full-scale uprising against the rule of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was taking place in the suburbs of Tripoli.

A government official in Tripoli denied the report.

“It’s peaceful out there,” he said. (Reporting by Joseph Nasr in Berlin: Writing by Sylvia Westall in Tunis; editing by Andrew Dobbie)

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