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Libyan rebels benefit from coalition air strikes

Libyan rebels benefit from coalition air strikes
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Rebels gained ground in Misrata in western Libya on Saturday after coalition air strikes once again struck the Libyan army.

In the east, the rebels are pushing on to Brega. The coalition also targeted the southwestern town of Sebha and Sirte, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown.

French warplanes destroyed five Libyan military aircraft at an airbase in Misrata. Britain’s defence ministry said Tornado GR4 planes hit Libyan targets in both Misrata and Ajdabiya.

According to an American military spokesperson, the coalition fired 16 Tomahawk cruise missiles and flew 153 sorties in a 24-hour period from Friday to Saturday morning.

US President Barack Obama said the air strikes have saved countless civilian lives.