AL-QAWALISH, Libya, July 10 (Reuters) – Forces loyal to
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi let loose a heavy artillery
bombardment on Sunday to try to push back rebel fighters who had
taken a village about 100 km (60 miles) south of Tripoli.
Al-Qawalish is a strategic battleground in the rebels’ march
on the capital because if the they manage to advance beyond it
they will reach the main highway leading north into Tripoli,
where Gaddafi has his main stronghold.
BIR AYAD, Libya (Reuters) – The Bir Ayad field hospital is in a single room with no electricity in a former roadside cafe near the front line in Libya’s Western mountains.
It’s a far cry from the Canadian medical center where Abu Abdullah usually works as the head of the department of cardiology.
DAFNIYA/AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – Rebel fighters braced for further attacks on Saturday from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi after the Libyan leader staged a show of support at home and threatened to strike his enemies abroad.
Rebels in Misrata said the death toll in the western town, a longtime insurgent stronghold, had risen to seven from six, with at least 17 wounded, after a heavy attack by Gaddafi artillery the day before.
DAFNIYA/AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi threatened to take the war in Libya to Europe on Friday while rebels came under heavy fire as they renewed their push against his forces.
Tens of thousands of Gaddafi supporters rallied in Tripoli’s Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step down after four decades in power and five months of fighting.
DAFNIYA/AL-QAWALISH (Reuters) – Libyan rebels renewed their push against leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces on Friday, coming under heavy fire just days after making hefty advances toward Tripoli on two fronts.
Tens of thousands of supporters of the defiant Gaddafi rallied in Tripoli’s Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step down after four decades in power and five months of fighting.
AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – The frontline Libyan village of Al-Qawalish was a ghost town Thursday, a day after it was seized by rebels, who said life may return to normal in the area after the exit of Muammar Gaddafi’s troops.
The rebels seized the village in an eight-hour battle on Wednesday, pushing Gaddafi’s forces east at least 10 km (6 miles) beyond an area of open ground. The advance puts the rebels on the road towards Garyan, a larger southern town controlling a major highway into the capital Tripoli.
AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – Rebel fighters seized a village south of the Libyan capital and another group advanced toward Tripoli from the east on Wednesday in the biggest push in weeks toward Muammar Gaddafi’s main stronghold.
Rebels firing their rifles into the air in celebration poured into the village of Al-Qawalish, 100 km (60 miles) southwest of Tripoli, after a six-hour battle with pro-Gaddafi forces who had been holding the town.
AL-QALAA, Libya (Reuters) – Hundreds of Libyan rebels launched a massed offensive in the mountains southwest of Tripoli Wednesday to seize a village held by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces and push the front line closer to the capital.
Rebels arrived at the front at first light in scores of Toyota pick-up trucks, many with large-caliber anti-aircraft guns or home-made rocket launchers welded onto the truck beds. Several tanks also came on the backs of lorries.
ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Fighting between Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and rebels broke out in the town of Zawiyah on Saturday, a resident said, shutting the coastal highway that links the capital Tripoli with Tunisia.
A Reuters reporter traveling via the town, which lies just 50 km (30 miles) outside of Tripoli, was diverted via backstreets with a police escort. He said the highway was deserted except for lots of soldiers, police and armed men in civilian clothes.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO warplanes pummeled a town west of Libya’s capital, state media said soon after Western and Arab powers promised more than $1 billion to help rebels fighting to end Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule.
A Reuters journalist also reported a loud explosion in Tripoli on Friday just after midnight, a common time for NATO strikes on the capital.