Feb 27 - Muammar Gaddafi's grip on Libya seems to be weakening, as anti-government forces take control of Zawiyah - a city just 50km west of the capital Tripoli. Simon Hanna reports.
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"The people want the downfall of the regime"- the chant that has echoed around the Middle East in recent weeks now reverberates in the streets of Zawiyah.
The Libyan city is now under the control of armed forces opposed to the rule of leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Zawiyah is just 50 km west of the capital Tripoli- Gaddafi's stronghold.
Libyan authorities had taken journalists to the city to show that they still held the town.
But once there it was evident that rebels were in control.
The city bore the marks of heavy fighting, with buildings in the centre burnt or pockmarked with bullet holes.
A local doctor reported that 24 people had been killed here in clashes with Gaddafi loyalists over the past three days.
Large swathes of Libya are now under the control of anti-government forces, following bloody clashes across the country.
Simon Hanna, Reuters.
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