Monday 27 March 2017

Gaddafi loyalists hit rebel advance

Ruth Sherlock in Nalut

Loyalist Libyan forces have escalated attacks on a vital opposition supply route close to the Tunisian border in a bid to undermine a rebel advance on Tripoli.

After weeks of stalemate, rebel fighters have begun a two-pronged offensive, raising fresh hopes that opposition forces can regain the upper hand in their campaign to topple Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

One advance from the city of Misurata, to the east of the capital, has made little progress. But Berber tribesmen in the Nafusa Mountains to the south-west of Tripoli are closing in on Gharyan, a fortified garrison town 60 miles from the capital and strategically situated on Libya's main north-south road.

The advance is being threatened by a sustained army assault on Wazin, the only border crossing with Tunisia that is controlled by the rebels. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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