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Libya: Gadhafi forces pound western mountains

Libya: Gadhafi forces pound western mountains

Libyan rebels say Moammar Gadhafi's forces have been shelling several cities in the western mountains in an attempt to tighten their grip on the area.
BelJassem, a citizen-turned-fighter from a village near Yafrin, says Gadhafi forces using Grad missiles and rocket launchers in their nearly monthlong siege, leaving residents trapped and cut off from food and medical supplies.
"We dig trenches and hide in there at night," says BelJassem, who gave only his first name for fear of reprisals. Yafrin, which is 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Tripoli, is one of the biggest cities in the Nafusa mountain range, home to the ethnic Berber minority.
Medghamas Abu-Zakhar, a rebel based in Yafrin, says Gadhafi forces are shelling villages toward the top of the Nafusa range in an attempt to capture the high ground.


Updated : 2021-07-25 08:14 GMT+08:00