Libya rebels say they retake western village

July 13, 2011 22:17

ZINTAN, Libya - Rebel fighters said they had retaken the village of Al-Qawalish in western Libya from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday.

The village fell to pro-Gaddafi forces earlier on Wednesday, but the rebels said they had staged a successful counter-attack to seize it back, rebel spokesman Abdurahman Alzintani told Reuters.

The village lies about 100 km (60 miles) south of Tripoli and is key to rebel plans to advance on Gaddafi's stronghold in the capital.

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