NATO airstrikes rattle Tripoli

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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- NATO warplanes are repeatedly hitting Tripoli early Tuesday in what appears to be the heaviest night of bombing of the Libyan capital since the start of the air campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

More than 20 NATO airstrikes in less than half an hour set off thunderous booms that rattled windows around the city.

Heavy plumes of smoke wafted over the city, including from an area close to the sprawling Gadhafi compound, suggesting that was a target. A government spokesman says it is not clear yet what was hit.

As jets whooshed low over the city, people could be heard screaming and shouting outside a hotel where journalists are staying. The crackling of anti-aircraft fire could be heard.

Pro-government supporters loudly beeped their car horns and fired guns, shouting their support for Gadhafi.