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Rebel in western Libya seize more mountain towns

06-04-2011 15:02 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

Libya's rebel fighters say they have taken over the strategic road junction of Beer Ayad near the city of Zintan in the Western Mountains, some 120 kilometers southwest of the capital Tripoli.

Rebel fighters had already won control of four towns in the western Nafusa mountain range. Government forces have besieged and randomly shelled rebel-held areas there for months.

Rebel fighters also pushed government fighters from Shakshuk and Qasr al-Haj, two villages near a key road that runs along the mountain range's northern edge.

Qasr al-Haj holds an important power station for local towns. Also Friday, at least 10 NATO airstrikes hit the capital and elsewhere. Four early morning blasts targeted a barracks near the sprawling compound where Colonel Muammar Gadhafi sometimes lives. Six earlier strikes targeted a police station and a military base outside the capital.

Rebel fighters had already won control of four towns in the western Nafusa mountain range.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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