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Zintan rebels battle Gaddafi forces

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 01:44

May 20 - Rebel troops from the town of Zintan on Libya’s western front come under attack by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Fethi al Ayab is a 37-year old chemist who has taken up arms and joined the rebels in Libya. On Thursday he sets off for the western town of Zintan, near the Tunisian border, to coordinate the defence against the advance of Gaddafi's forces. The rebels - and the journalists with them - come under fire. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) REBEL, FETHI AL-AYAB: "These are Gaddafi rockets. He is firing all kind of weapons: shells, 106 calibre, tanks, and they are using every weapon, but with God's will we will achieve a great victory." Shortly after, NATO air strikes hit a government arms depot. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) REBEL, FETHI AL-AYAB: "These are the arms depots in Zintan. They are 25 kilometres from Zintan itself. The NATO forces just bombed the depot twice. What you can see is a result of the arms that are in the stores." As night falls, a new front opens up in Ryayna, a town less than 10 kilometres from Zintan. The rebels prepare for battle, and later manage to halt the advance of Gaddafi's forces. Al Ayab ends his day visiting injured fighters at the hospital in Ryayna, where a doctor said government shelling had killed at least one rebel and wounded three. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Zintan rebels battle Gaddafi forces

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 01:44