Libyan rebels seize all of mountain town

By REUTERS
June 6, 2011 22:01

 
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YAFRAN/TRIPOLI - Libyan rebels seized all of the mountain town of Yafran on Monday, driving out Muammar Gaddafi's forces in a sign NATO air strikes may be paying off.

Yafran is spread over a hill, the bottom part of which had been controlled by pro-Gaddafi forces for more than a month and used to besiege the rebel-controlled part. Rebel flags could be seen along with defaced posters of Gaddafi.

Food, drinking water and medicines were running short.

Yafran, 100 km (60 miles) southwest of Tripoli, is in the Western Mountains where the population, mostly from the Berber ethnic minority, have joined the uprising against Gaddafi.

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