Middle East

March 5, 2011

Libya rebels advance toward Sirte, keep fighting in Zawiya

A ragtag rebel force in pickups and commandeered tanks advanced Saturday from eastern Libya on Moammar Gadhafi's heavily defended hometown of Sirte as their counterparts in the western city of Zawiya repulsed fresh assaults by the dictator's forces. Several witnesses said anti-Gadhafi fighters had reached Bin Jawwad, a small town about two thirds of the way to Sirte from the key oil center of Ras Lanouf, which also had fallen to the rebels.

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