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Libyan rebels advance slowly with supply shortages

06-14-2011 14:02 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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Libyan rebels edged slowly beyond their western stronghold of Misrata towards Tripoli on Monday. But they are facing supply shortages after shelling from Muammar Gaddafi forces hit a key refinery in the city.

There has been a fierce exchange of gunfire on the frontline of Dafniyah, west of Misrata. Units then pushed further west to the outskirts of Zlitan, a neighboring town controlled by Gaddafi's forces. Any victory in Zlitan would bring the rebels closer to the capital.

Rebels say tribal sensitivity prevented them from attacking Zlintan. They are waiting for locals to rise up.

Six rockets hit generators at the refinery near Misrata port, threatening the power supply.

Refinery worker said, "The refinery will stop producing oil, only god knows when we shall be able to resume work. Perhaps when we find spare parts for the generators, maybe it will take a week or ten days or even a month to fix it."

The rebels also claim they've taken control of al-Arbaeen, a desert outpost on the coast road from rebel-held Ajdabiyah.

The rebels control the east of Libya, the western city of Misrata and the range of western mountains near the border with Tunisia.

Some experts even hinted the US to use cyber attacks on one of Gaddafi's oil stronghold, cutting off his financial supply. But when asked about whether the approach could be adopted,the government's Internet safety experts refused to comment.

On Monday, government artillery fire rained down on rebel forces but failed to stop their advance into key grounds, west of their stronghold of Misrata, which they control as well the eastern third of Libya. The rebels also claim to have taken parts of the oil port of Zawiya, 30 kilometers west of the capital Tripoli.

On Monday, government artillery fire rained down on rebel forces but failed to stop their advance into key grounds, west of their stronghold of Misrata, which they control as well the eastern third of Libya. The rebels also claim to have taken parts of the oil port of Zawiya, 30 kilometers west of the capital Tripoli.

On Monday, government artillery fire rained down on rebel forces but failed to stop their advance into key grounds, west of their stronghold of Misrata, which they control as well the eastern third of Libya. The rebels also claim to have taken parts of the oil port of Zawiya, 30 kilometers west of the capital Tripoli.

On Monday, government artillery fire rained down on rebel forces but failed to stop their advance into key grounds, west of their stronghold of Misrata, which they control as well the eastern third of Libya. The rebels also claim to have taken parts of the oil port of Zawiya, 30 kilometers west of the capital Tripoli.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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