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Fighting intensifies on both sides in Libya

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Fighting intensifies on both sides in Libya


There is still heavy fighting in the Libyan city of Zawiya, as both sides struggle to take control. Fierce battles have been going for several hours, since violence escalated this morning.

One eyewitness living in the city claimed the death toll is high, though the figure has not been verified. Describing the scene, the man said: “The situation is very bad. In the early morning, they started to attack the city with tanks and rockets near Martyrs Square, downtown and in the residential neighbourhoods. A huge number of people have been killed. More than 500 are dead and thousands are injured. It is a real massacre.”

Zawiyah is 50 kilometres from the capital, Tripoli. As Gaddafi’s forces attempt to reestablish control over the city, roads leading in and out are being heavily monitored with a number of checkpoints.

Meanwhile, doctors says the number of people killed in Friday’s violence in Ras Lanuf is 26. The rebel forces have been fighting what they claim is an assault by pro-Gaddafi forces, and shot at an government army helicopter. The city is 660 kilometres from Tripoli and is the location of an important oil refinery.

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