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Gaddafi forces pound rebels in western Libya

Gaddafi forces pound rebels in western Libya
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At least nine rebels have been killed in fighting in Zintan in western Libya. On Saturday, pro-Gaddafi forces surrounded the town, firing in rockets as they tried to retake the rebel stronghold. The opposition were eventually able to repel the loyalist fighters, but 50 rebels were wounded.

As a stalemate has been reached on other fronts, fighting has intensified in Libya’s western mountain region.

Pro-Gaddafi forces also stepped up their bombardment of Misrata – the last remaining city in the west of the country under rebel control. In the latest attack, four fuel tanks were hit causing a huge fire to erupt. The opposition fighters said they were having trouble extinguishing the blaze because they did not have the right firefighting equipment.

The rebels also issued a statement claiming Italy would provide them with more arms. However, Rome says it will only supply weapons for defence.