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Rebel fighters retake village en route for Tripoli

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Rebel fighters retake village en route for Tripoli


Rebel fighters in Libya say they have come a step closer to fulfilling their plan to march on Tripoli.

They say they have retaken a village south of the capital that had previously been lost to forces loyal to the government of Colonel Gaddafi. It came after a day of bitter fighting. Five rebels were killed in the clash at Al-Qawalish. Fifteen were injured and taken to hospital in nearby Zintan.

The rebellion has gone on for months now but Gaddafi is refusing to quit. And, despite support from NATO, the rebels have been unable to make a decisive breakthrough towards the capital.

Libya, meanwhile, has charged the head of NATO with war crimes. The charges against Anders Fogh Rasmussen were read out to an empty dock at a photocall in Tripoli.

While the fight goes on on the frontline, behind the scenes it is all about diplomacy. Welcoming Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Gaddhafi’s days in power were numbered. For its part, Russia turned down an invitation to discuss the way forward for Libya at a meeting of major powers in Turkey this Friday.

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