NALUT - Libyan rebels said on
Thursday they had captured the town of Ghezaia in the western
mountains from Muammar Gaddafi's forces, hours after launching a
Reuters could not confirm the report as rebels said the area
around Ghezaia could be mined. But looking through binoculars
from a rebel-held ridge near Nalut, reporters could see no sign
of Gaddafi's forces in the town.
"Gaddafi's forces left the areas when the attack started,"
said rebel fighter Ali Shalback. "They fled towards the Tunisian
border and other areas. We don't know where they are but there
are pockets of Gaddafi's forces in the area.
Another fighter, 20-year-old Mahmoud Salem, said he had been
into Ghezaia earlier and Gaddafi's soldiers had gone. "They fled
in about 40 white vehicles when we started to attack with tanks
and AK-47s. They ransacked some houses and left behind some
missiles, AK-47s and ammunition.