Rebels clash with Gaddafi loyalists near Benghazi

By REUTERS
July 31, 2011 14:53

 
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BENGHAZI - Libyan rebels clashed in the early hours of Sunday with an armed gang they said was loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the latest sign of growing lawlessness in the rebel-held east.

Rebel spokesman Mahmoud Shammam told reporters in the opposition capital of Benghazi that the clashes broke out when rebel forces attacked a militia that had helped some 300 Gaddafi loyalists break out of jail on Friday.

Rebel forces surrounded the barracks in which the militia, which calls itself the Nida Brigade, had been holed up.

At least six rebels were killed in the clashes, he said, which involved rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.

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