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Libyan rebels battle for full control of Brega

Libya's rebels fight in western Brega attempting to gain full control of the oil producing town

AFP , Monday 15 Aug 2011
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Libyan rebels on Monday fought forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi around oil installations in the key eastern town of Brega while keeping a firm grip on a residential zone, an AFP reporter saw.

Brega's eastern residential zone three -- rows of seaside apartment blocks that once housed the workforce of this strategic oil hub -- was under total rebel control.

Many homes in the town however have been pillaged while streets are littered with ammunition shells and the carcasses of Gaddafi's military vehicle destroyed by NATO's air strikes.

Rebels shuttled to and from the front line, which now lies in western Brega, near its oil installations, where they traded artillery fire with Gaddafi's troops.

Plumes of black smoke billowed across the sky as oil tankers burned after being set alight by loyalist forces, rebels said.

The coastline is booby-trapped with mines laid by Gaddafi's forces in a bid to deter attacks from the sea.

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Ben Ali
17-08-2011 04:51pm
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"become worst?"
So leaving the madman, Gaddafi in charge to kill tens of thousands is better? I'm African and we know this man is a lunatic, several pancakes short of a stack. He needs to be gone, any government is much better than him.
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michael angelo
16-08-2011 12:35am
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The great warning
Removing the current regime won't solve the problem in Libya, rather it will become worst. Why the Libyans can't see the very clear reality, that foreign intervention is not the solution to the Libyan problem.
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