Libyan rebels pushed back from Sirte overnight

March 29, 2011 09:34


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NEAR BIN JAWAD, Libya - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces fired heavy weapons at Libyan rebels on the road east of the Libyan leader's home city overnight, pushing them back towards the town of Bin Jawad, rebel fighters said.

Rebels had raced along the coastline retaking several oil towns after Western air strikes were launched. But their charge westwards has met resistance as they have neared Sirte.

Dozens of rebel fighters and civilians were gathered with pick-ups and cars outside Bin Jawad, about 150 km (100 miles) from Sirte.

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