Increasingly better-armed Libyan rebels say they are pressing their offensive both east and west of the city of Misrata, under their control, towards Tawarga and Zlitan. They say that Zlitan is the last major obstacle before Tripoli, which is 150 kilometers further west.
However, the rebels said they were braced for renewed attacks by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.
Meanwhile, Britain’s chief of defence staff General David Richards has been quoted as saying that the NATO campaign in support of the rebels must strike a broader range of targets in Libya.
A euronews correspondent with the rebels, Alberto Arce, said:
“The Libyan rebellion began with small arms, including stones. As the months pass, the rebels have taken to using weapons abandoned by Gaddafi’s army. We have seen Grad rockets launched here on the Tamina Road, heading east.
The problem is that the Libyan army responds immediately with mortars.”