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Libya fierce fighting kills 7, wounds 50

08-03-2011 08:45 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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About seven rebels were killed and 50 others wounded Tuesday in a fight against troops loyal to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the western town of Zlitan, Doha-based TV channel al-Jazeera reported.

The fighting was still ongoing in the town, a stronghold used by government troops to block the rebel forces' advance towards the capital Tripoli, which is about 130 kilometers away. Meanwhile, NATO commanders have announced that air strikes against targets in Libya will not be halted during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and may even be extended.

Col. Roland Lavoie, Spokesman of NATO Operation Unified Protector, said, "As long as there are attacks, threats of attacks and incitements of violence against civilians, NATO will act to protect them. This is not a matter of religion, ethnicity or culture but a commitment derived from a United Nations Security Council resolution in order to protect innocent victims. Some including the Gaddafi regime suggested that NATO should pause and stop enforcing the UN resolution during Ramadan. To be effective, the cease-fire would require a complete cessation of violence from Gaddafi forces."

A rebel fighter loads a rocket launcher during fighting in the village of Josh on
July 31. Rebels said they arrested dozens of militiamen loyal to Moamer Kadhafi in
their eastern bastion but suffered a blow Monday in western Libya, losing a village
at the foot of a key mountain range


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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