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Heavy fighting continues in Libya, rebels claims small victories

06-13-2011 09:11 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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Fighting continues to rage in Libya. The strategic city of Misrata, and Zawiyah in the west saw clashes on Sunday. Rebels have claimed small victories after they drove out forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, but have also suffered casualties.

This is the besieged city of Misrata. Libya's third-largest city, it lies about 200 kilometers east of the capital, Tripoli.

Rebels have pushed out forces loyal to Gaddafi from the city, and are now battling them in the outskirts.

A Libyan rebel commander says his forces captured 10 prisoners and destroyed a number of pro-Gaddafi vehicles as fighting raged on Sunday.

Rebel Commander Abu Mohammed said, "We defeated the enemy forces and we were able to capture ten prisoners. We destroyed a number of their vehicles and we cleared the area, thanks to God and to the morale of rebel fighters."

Fighting continues to rage in Libya. The strategic city of Misrata, and
Zawiyah in the west saw clashes on Sunday. Rebels have claimed small
victories after they drove out forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, but
have also suffered casualties.

Six Libyan rebel fighters were also killed by a government artillery barrage near the city.

Rebels are gradually expanding the areas they control around

Misrata, and in the Western mountains region. They are inching closer to the capital.

A rebel spokesman in Zawiyah says 13 rebel fighters and civilians were killed in fighting there on Saturday.

Fighting continues to rage in Libya. The strategic city of Misrata, and Zawiyah in the west saw clashes on Sunday. Rebels have claimed small victories after they drove out forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, but have also suffered casualties.

A main road to neighboring Tunisia -- which acts as a crucial supply line that has kept

the country running despite sanctions -- was shut.

Meanwhile, pro-Gaddafi troops have encircled the city of Zlitan, 160 km east of Tripoli. Sporadic clashes between Gaddafi's forces and rebels continued in the city, after rebels took control of some areas.

Gaddafi says he has no intention of bowing to international pressure to step down. He has called the NATO intervention an act of colonial aggression aimed at grabbing Libya's oil.

But Western governments say they believe that it is only a matter of time before his rule collapses.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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