Libya rebels pull back under Gaddafi army fire

March 29, 2011 11:31


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NEAR BIN JAWAD - Muammar Gaddafi's forces fired heavy weapons at rebels overnight and retook a small town east of the Libyan leader's home city, rebels and witnesses said.

The sporadic thud of heavy weapons could be heard on Tuesday morning outside Nawfaliyah, which lies about 150 km (90 miles) from Sirte, Gaddafi's birthplace and a military base.

A Reuters correspondent saw dozens of cars carrying civilians speeding away from Nawfaliyah down the coast road east towards the town of Bin Jawad, passing a group of rebel fighters resting near their pick-ups.

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