Rebels, Gaddafi forces clash near Tunisia: sources

TUNIS Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:30pm EDT

1 of 6. A tank heads to the industrial area where there were clashes with the forces of Muammar Gaddafi in Brega August 13, 2011.

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TUNIS (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are clashing with rebels a few kilometers from the main border crossing into neighboring Tunisia, Tunisians close to the border told Reuters Saturday.

A businessman called Ali, who trades with Libya, said there were clashes at Abu Kammash, an industrial town on the Mediterranean coast about 10 km from the Ras Jdir border crossing, which is controlled by Gaddafi's forces.

"There is fighting at Abu Kammash. The Tunisian police have asked us not to go into Libya. I tried to go in but the clashes forced me to come back," the businessman told Reuters.

A second businessman from the border area, who did not want to be identified, said: "There are heavy clashes going on between the rebels and Gaddafi's forces to try to control the Ras Jdir crossing."

A third source, who was at the Ras Jdir crossing, said the pro-Gaddafi military had brought up heavy weapons, including tanks, to protect the checkpoint, which controls the main supply route for the Libyan capital, a vital lifeline for the government.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Tim Pearce)

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Eagle_Lion wrote:
Al Ugili (Actually, A’jilli) is living in Gadaffi’s bubble world.

The majority of Tripoli is against Gadaffi, and not just the largest areas In Tripoli (Tajoura + Soq Aljom’a = 1/3 of Tripoli), if we have protests and fights that broke in Tajoura, Soq Aljom’a, Fashlom, Zawit Aldahmani, Ben-A’shor,Hai Al-Andalous, Gergarish, Gottalsha’al & Janzor.. these areas contains more than the 70% supporters that A’jilli is claiming.. And in the past days this had spread to “quitter” areas like Al-Hadba Alkhadra.. so only the heavens knows from where Ajilli is getting his numbers..
I am from Tripoli, and I did not see the 70% he mentioned, and with the electricity going bad, the prices soaring and the shortage (or non existence ) of Fuel & Cocking gas, the rejection towards Gadaffi is growing more and more, he is losing grounds lately in a surprising fashion, that indicates the moral and support among his men is declining..

Aug 13, 2011 7:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LeRuscino wrote:
Eagle Lion is living in the propaganda world. I was there and Gaddafi is winning against a fragmented force with massive NATO backing – the truth is always the first casualty. 70% loyal to Gaddafi is a fair statement as is 10% of all Libyans loyal to the rebels. No-one wanted this imperial NATO backed war for oil!

Aug 13, 2011 8:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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