WATCH: Rebels Celebrate After Taking Control of Tripoli’s Green Square

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People celebrate the recent news of uprising in Tripoli against Muammar Gaddafi's regime at the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, early Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011.

Muammar Gaddafi was nowhere to be found as the opposition forces easily moved into Libya’s capital.

And as Gaddafi’s power seemed to wane, that of the rebels only grew stronger. Masses of Libyans flooded Green Square, the symbolic center of the country’s capital. Gaddafi remains in power officially, but many rebels are celebrating the fact that the once diehard Gaddafi supporters seem to have all but evaporated. There was little bloodshed and clashing between the two sides as the rebels made their way into Tripoli.

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In Green Square, many took the opportunity to fire their guns at hanging pictures of Muammar Gaddafi, a gesture symbolic of his disappearance this evening.

Revelers drowned out camera crews and reporters who stayed on the air almost constantly, even though it was well past 2 a.m. in Libya.

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Rebels say they’ll rename Green Square to “Martyrs’ Square” in memoriam of all the lives lost in the clashes. Late in the evening, the International Criminal Court confirmed that Gaddafi’s sons Saif al-Islam and Mohammed have been captured by rebel forces.

But the question remains: where is Col. Muammar Gaddafi himself? Will he stay or will he go?

Nick Carbone is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @nickcarbone. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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