CAIRO: Two mass graves containing about 900 bodies have been found in Tripoli, the broadcaster Al Jazeera reports.
''Statements from witnesses led us to two graves of victims of the former regime,'' Al Jazeera quoted Nagui al-Essawi, a military commander in the Libyan capital, as saying yesterday.
He said the two graves had been discovered in Gargaresh, a coastal area located some 7 kilometres from central Tripoli, and in Brasta Milad, a rural area near the capital.
Mr Al-Essawi, however, did not give dates when the victims were believed to have been killed.
In September rebel officials announced the discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of about 1200 people near the notorious Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, where a massacre took place in 1996. The rebels' Transitional National Council has accused the regime of the now-fugitive leader Muammar Gaddafi of killing thousands during an armed conflict that started in February.
Meanwhile, street to street fighting raged yesterday between Libyan rebels and Gaddafi loyalists in the city of Sirte as the battle entered its final stages, Arab media reported.
''Our fighters are carrying out fierce battles inside Sirte with the fighters of the tyrant,'' a rebel fighter in the city told the Dubai Al Arabiya channel.
Rebel forces are saying they now control more than half the city but were still fighting to reach the centre of Gaddafi's birthplace.
The International Committee of the Red Cross warned of a humanitarian catastrophe inside the city because of the intensity of the fighting. ''People are dying in hospitals inside Sirte because they do not have the right treatment,'' the Red Cross said in a statement.