Gaddafi forces retake village south of Tripoli

ZINTAN, Libya, July 13 Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:43am EDT

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ZINTAN, Libya, July 13 (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi retook on Wednesday the village of Al-Qawalish, south of the capital, which was captured by rebels a week ago, rebel fighters said.

A rebel driving an armoured pick-up truck who was refuelling in the nearby town of Zintan said Gaddafi's forces had swept through Al-Qawalish from the east and now controlled as far as the checkpoint on the western edge of the village.

"We are fuelling up, preparing and, God willing, we are going to take it back," the fighter said. (Reporting by Peter Graff; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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