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Rebels gain ground on Tripoli Street

Posted by on April 19, 2011 0 Comment

Libyan rebels said on Monday they have gained significant ground on Misrata’s bitterly contested Tripoli Street, following hours of fighting that had left several people dead or wounded.

They said rebels were trying to flush out snipers who had been entrenched on rooftops overlooking the main thoroughfare which runs from Misrata southern outskirts to the city centre.

“The revolutionaries have made progress and they are controlling some areas surrounding Tripoli Street, but danger is still there because (Gaddafi’s) snipers, unlike the previous days, are now using (rocket-propelled grenades) RPG and bombs,” Abdelsalam, a rebel spokesman in Misrata, said.

Tripoli Street has become a key battle ground in the seven-week siege. Medics say the fighting has killed some 1,000 people since the fighting began in February, according to Al Arabiya television.

Rebels said four civilians were killed in Misrata on Monday in renewed heavy bombardments by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, but that insurgents made progress on the ground during the day’s fighting. Agencies

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