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Libya’s Brega town cleared of rebels

Posted by on March 13, 2011 0 Comment

Tripoli, March 13 (IANS) Pro-Gaddafi forces Sunday managed to clear Libya’s eastern town of Brega from the grip of the rebels, Libya’s official TV channel citied a military source as saying.

Libya has been witnessing protests since mid February against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s nearly 42-year rule. According to an estimate over 6,000 have been killed in the clashes between anti-government and pro-goverment groups.

Brega has been purged of “the armed gangs”, Xinhua quoted the source as telling to the TV channel in a report.

Dozens of rebels withdrew from the town amid heavy shelling launched by government forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi, said Al-Arabiya news network in a report.

The rebels’ abandonment of Brega occurred after they lost the town of Ras Lanuf, 615 km southeast of the capital Tripoli, which could be seen as a major setback for opposition forces.

A week ago, rebels had reportedly recaptured the eastern half of the country and were planning for moving to Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte on their way to the capital.


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