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Misrata rebels hold on to their gains

05-30-2011 16:26 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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Libya rebels in Misrata are managing to hold on to their territory as fighting with government forces continues on a daily basis.

The rebels, numbering around 3,000, are now spread over three fronts outside the city. Over the past few months, they have successfully expanded the territory they control, pushing the frontline 25 kilometers in a sweeping arc around the port city and putting Misrata out of range of Gaddafi's heavy weapons.

A Libyan rebel fighter stands on the top of a destroyed tank belonging to forces loyal
to Muammar Gaddafi at the airport of Misrata, Libya, May 28, 2011.(Xinhua/Wissam
Nassar)

The main problem for the rebels is still a lack of ammunition and arms, especially heavier weapons. And new challenges have emerged as they shift from street battles to fighting in the countryside surround the city, for which they lack long-range weapons.

Libyan rebel fighters stand on the top of a fighter plane belonging to forces loyal
to Muammar Gaddafi at the airport of Misrata, Libya, May 28, 2011.(Xinhua/Wissam
Nassar)

Libyan rebel fighters stand on the top of a destroyed fighter plane belonging to
forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi at the airport of Misrata, Libya, May 28, 2011.
(Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)

Libyan rebel fighters stand near a destroyed fighter plane belonging to forces loyal
to Muammar Gaddafi at the airport of Misrata, Libya, May 28, 2011.(Xinhua/Wissam
Nassar)

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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