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Retreating rebels play waiting game in the desert

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Retreating rebels play waiting game in the desert


Many among the rebel forces have retreated eastwards, under attack from Gaddafi’s forces.

euronews correspondent Mustafa Bağ has accompanied them. Just a few days ago they were joyously contemplating trying to take Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte.

Reports from our correspondent:

Now this group has headed east, past Brega -epicentre of recent clashes – to the outskirts of Ajdabiyah.

What was a carnival atmosphere among the rebels has now given way to a tense waiting game, he says.

Bağ said: “The insurgents have been retreating since losing Bin Jawwad. This is the western gateway to Ajdabiyah. The rebels are taking up position and they want to stop Gaddafi’s forces, who are over there, from entering.”

With Ras Lanuf now back in the hands of Gaddafi’s forces, Brega has been one of the main battlegrounds as the rebels are forced back east.

But despite their superiority, Gaddafi’s forces have failed to break the rebels decisively.

Under attack from the better-equipped Libyan army, the insurgents have been trying to regroup.

Many have repeated their call for more and better weapons.

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