Libya rebels advance west, eye Gaddafi home town
AFP, Tuesday 23 Aug 2011
Advancing on the eastern front, Libyan opposition forces reach the oil hub of Ras Lanuf

Libyan rebels pushed through the eastern front on Tuesday and were advancing on the oil hub town of Ras Lanuf on the road to Moamer Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, spokesman Mohammed Zawiwa said.

"Our fighters have advanced by more than 40 kilometres (about 25 miles) beyond Brega. We have gone past Bishr and tonight we should be in Ras Lanuf," which is on the way to Sirte to the west, Zawiwa told AFP.

Rebels on Monday said they seized Brega forcing Gaddafi’s forces to flee towards Sirte, as they push their advance westwards towards Tripoli.

Brega is located 240 kilometres (150 miles) southwest of the rebel capital of Benghazi, while Sirte is another 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of Ras Lanuf.

The coastal towns lie on the road to Tripoli, where rebels on Tuesday launched a massive offensive on Gaddafi’s sprawling Bab al-Azizya compound.

Rebels have been advancing on the capital from the east and the west in their bid to unseat Gaddafi who has ruled over Libya for more than 40 years.