Libyan rebels say they have seized a strategic government-held town near the Tunisian border.
Colonel Gaddafi’s troops fled as the onslaught began, according to the rebels, who claim to have taken control of some villages, too.
With the conflict looking set to continue into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in August, rebels
announced the capture of Ghezaia. Yet despite gains and support from NATO air strikes, they have failed to reach Tripoli and seem unlikely to do so soon.
The offensive came a day after Britain granted diplomatic recognition to Libya’s opposition and expelled Colonel Gaddafi’s diplomats from London. An anti-Gaddafi rally was held there, outside the Libyan embassy, with the rebels’ flag firmly on display.