In a conflict stuck in a stalemate, Libya’s rebels are hailing a success.
They have taken over two towns in the West, ending months of siege by Colonel Gaddafi’s forces.
Far from the rebel-stronghold of Benghazi, Shakshuk and Qasr el-Haj are important as they are inside territory controlled by pro-Gaddafi fighters.
Local rebel commander Mustafa Abdel Jedoud said tanks, military jeeps and weapons were seized in their advance. He said that Gaddafi loyalists had been trying to shell a power plant to cut electricity supply to the area.
The gains mean rebels have been able to restore electricity to some towns cut off by Gaddafi’s forces for over a week. But this remains a small victory in a power struggle that is still deadlocked.