Activists rejoiced in Tripoli at the capture of Qaddafi's sons
CAIRO, Egypt -- A trio of wounded Libyan rebels hobbled down the street, one wearing an eyepatch, another lurching on his crutches. A woman wearing a full niqab had pinned a Libyan flag to her face. Exiled Libyan activists -- many of whom had fled Tripoli just months earlier -- rejoiced at the news of the capture of two of Qaddafi's sons. It was a few hours before dawn on Monday, and a few thousand Libyans had surrounded their embassy in Cairo to celebrate the fall of Tripoli, joined by a smattering of Egyptians.
Rakha Dahan, a 28-year-old make-up artist, had gotten a phone call from her mother in Tripoli informing her that rebels had reached their neighborhood. She rushed out with her infant daughter, but not before applying copious amounts of gold glitter to her cheeks. Dahan's three brothers are fighting in Libya, as is her husband. Her father is working with the rebels in the western mountains. "We are a crazy family," she said. "You can imagine how my mother feels."
Fireworks and bottle rockets made deafening noise in the narrow streets of Zamalek around the embassy. Egyptian riot police formed a cordon, but dissipated when they realized the demonstrators had no intention of storming the building.