August 24, 2011 / 5:26 PM / 7 years ago

Rebels hunt for Gaddafi son Saadi in Tripoli hotel

TRIPOLI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - A group of heavily armed rebels arrived at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli on Wednesday, saying they had heard Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi was inside and that they would search every room for him.

A Reuters reporter saw about half a dozen rebels arrive in the hotel forecourt in a truck mounted with an anti-aircraft gun. The men ran into the hotel and blocked off access to the elevators as they prepared to search the building room by room.

Foreign journalists who had been trapped for days in the Rixos hotel in the capital were taken to the Corinthia hotel after their release on Wednesday.

Reporting by Peter Graff in Tripoli

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