Rebels launch push in western Libya
Bir Ayad (Libya), Aug 6: Backed by tanks and rocket fire, Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces in the country's west launched a major push Saturday toward key towns along the Mediterranean coast near the capital Tripoli.
Hundreds of fighters were on the move along the road from the mountain town of Yafran toward the front lines, where heavy fighting seemed to be under way. The ground reverberated with loud booms and rocket fire echoed from the distance.
Their first objective was the town of Bir Ghanam, about 18 miles (30 kilometers) north of Yafran. As fighting raged there, the body of one rebel fighter killed earlier in the morning was brought back to the nearby town of Bir Ayad.
The rebel forces are aiming to "first liberate Bir Ghanam" and then would move on Zawiya, a key city on the Mediterranean coast 30 miles (50 kilometers) away, said two rebel fighters, Jumma Hussein and Youssef Bilin.
"We have thousands of fighters involved," Hussein said. The assault is an attempt to open a new front and break the military deadlock that has emerged in Libya's civil war.
Gadhafi's regime controls much of the west, with its stronghold in Tripoli, while the rebels hold the east, with pockets in the west, including the Nafousa Mountains where Yafran is located and the city of Misrata on the coast, east of the capital. AFP
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