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Libya rebels push to recapture oil-rich Brega

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Libya rebels push to recapture oil-rich Brega

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Libyan rebels say they have launched a fresh assault to retake coastal oil town of Brega.

Senior commanders claim their forces are in sight of a residential area but they are advancing slowly because troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi’s have planted minefields across its approaches.

Fighting on the eastern front has ebbed backwards and forwards for months around Brega.

However, the town of Bir Ghanam near Zintan is now under rebel control after an offensive on government soldiers in which four anti-Gaddafi guerrillas were killed.