Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fighting heats up in Libya's western mountains

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces intensified their campaign to take strategic heights in a western mountain range and targeted a road that many people have used to flee the fighting in Libya, forcing the temporary closure of a border crossing to Tunisia.

In the main square of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, several hundred residents celebrated what they said was a nearing to the end of the rebel insurgency early today, spraying the sky with gunfire, banging fireworks and waving green flags -- the iconic Gadhafi regime color.

They claimed that residents of rebel-held Benghazi were holding pro-Gadhafi demonstrations, though there was no proof of any such demonstrations.

Much of the fighting centered around the town of Yafrin, and residents and rebel fighters said Wednesday that Gadhafi's forces were using missiles and rockets in their nearly monthlong siege.



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