When the Libyan rebels first stormed Muammar Qaddafi's Tripoli compound on Tuesday, the iconic images took place outside, as opposition fighters climbed atop Qaddafi's statue of a fist crushing a U.S. fighter jet and brandished the Libyan leader's weapons, hats, and golf cart. But new AP images are now surfacing from inside the luxurious homes of Qaddafi's children Saadi and Aisha. "After driving out the guards," the AP explains, "rebels trashed and looted the villas and neighbors wandered through the wreckage Wednesday expressing their anger at the Qaddafi family's wealth and ostentatious tastes."
In this photo, a rebel sits on a couch framed by a golden mermaid with the face of Aisha:
While others inspect Aisha's indoor swimming pool:
An aerial view of the stairwell and couch:
Rebels rifle through Aisha's belongings (they would later try on some of the clothes in the back). The AP writes that "the presence of small children was felt everywhere in the house. A large play room was strewn with toys, party hats and streamers were in a pile in an entrance hall, and [Aisha's] library contained a number of children's books."
The rebels also came across personal photos of Qaddafi's daughter: