Libya's Zawiyah on edge after rebel capture

August 15, 2011 18:44

ZAWIYAH, Libya - For 12 hours, Libyan rebel Ahmed Oraybee had been moving from one building to the next in the town of Zawiyah, trying to hunt down the pro-government snipers stalking its neighborhoods.

Suddenly he became a victim himself when a bullet struck him in the leg.

"These snipers are really good. The sniper shot me in the leg as I was climbing a staircase so that a comrade or two would come and help me, and then he would try to kill all of us," he told Reuters, speaking from a bed at Bir Muammar Hospital.

"They have a well thought-out plan."

Rebels attacked Zawiyah on Saturday and say they now control about 80 percent of the strategic town which lies 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli.

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