Heavy fighting in Libya's Western Mountains

By REUTERS
July 16, 2011 11:16

 
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BIR AYAD, Libya - Heavy clashes were under way on Saturday morning on the front line in Libya's Western Mountains at the town of Bir Ghanam, a Reuters correspondent in a neighboring village reported.

Sustained gunfire and volleys of artillery could be heard from the village of Bir Ayad, 15 km (9 miles) south of Bir Ghanam. Rebels at Bir Ghanam hold the high ground on the outskirts of the town, their closest position to the capital Tripoli, about 80 km away.

Fighters in Bir Ayad said forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi were sending a column of reinforcements to Bir Ghanam.

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