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Civilians flee as Libyan rebels battle for Brega

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Civilians flee as Libyan rebels battle for Brega


The battle for Brega continues to be a key point on the frontline in Libya.

Control of the crucial oil town has swapped hands between pro and anti-Gaddafi forces but even devastating NATO-led airstrikes have failed so far to tip the balance.

In the latest incident, two government military vehicles were destroyed. Their occupants managed to escape.

The rebels have now reportedly moved towards the centre of the city but, without more fighting equipment, it remains unclear whether they will be able to hold it. Amid such fears, civilians are fleeing the city by any means they can. Some claim Gaddafi’s forces have carried out atrocities and cut basic utilities.

The rebels hope to turn the tide, however, with the reception today of their first independent oil shipment, the sale of which could help bolster the transitional council’s standing as a viable government.

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