Sunday, August 28, 2011

Libya rebels seize eastern town from regime

A spokesman says Libyan rebels have captured the coastal town of Bin Jawwad, about 350 miles (560 kilometers) southeast of the Tripoli, after several days of fighting with Moammar Gadhafi's forces.
Spokesman Mohammed al-Rajali said Sunday that the Gadhafi loyalists fled westward and are likely to join regime forces in Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown.
Al-Rajali says rebel forces searched Bin Jawwad and set up positions there.
Rebels already control most of Libya and have threatened to attack Sirte if tribal leaders there don't agree to a peaceful surrender.
Moussa Ibrahim, Gadhafi's chief spokesman, called The Associated Press in New York Saturday and said Gadhafi is still in Libya and offering to talk to the rebels about forming a transitional government.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A man has told The Associated Press he survived a massacre by Moammar Gadhafi loyalists who opened fire on about 130 civilian detainees.
On Sunday, an AP reporter saw at least 50 charred bodies at the site near a military camp held by Gadhafi supporters until rebels took Tripoli.More...

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