Libyan rebels advance towards Zawiyah west of Tripoli

August 13, 2011 15:19


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NORTH OF BIR SHUAIB, Libya - Rebels in western Libyan advanced north to within 25 km of the coastal city of Zawiyah on Saturday after fighting a six-hour battle with pro-Gaddafi forces, Reuters journalists at the scene reported.

Rebel fighters pushed government troops back about 7 km from their previous positions, fixing a front-line about 5 km north of the village of Bir Shuaib, near a diaper factory.

Rebels pushing north from the mountains southwest of the capital are hoping to capture Zawiyah, cutting off Gaddafi's stronghold Tripoli from access to the outside world along the coast road.

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