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Rebels make fresh advances against Gaddafi forces

The fighters forced government troops to retreat from the town of Kikla, about 150km southwest of the capital.

Rebels rest after clashes with pro-Gadaffi forces.
Rebels rest after clashes with pro-Gadaffi forces.
Image: Associated Press

PRO-DEMOCRACY FIGHTERS made fresh advances in both the east and the west of Libya and gained vital ground against forces loyal to the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, Aljazeera has reported.

NATO earlier resumed bombing of the Libyan capital Tripoli with most strikes hitting the east of the city.

Libyan state TV said the bombings had struck military and civilian targets in Firnag, one of the biggest neighbourhoods in Tripoli, and Ain Zara.

In the west of the country, the fighters forced government troops into retreat from the town of Kikla, about 150km southwest of the capital.

The Tripoli Post reported that the rebels tried to recapture the oil town of Brega – which could help them to extend their control over the region.

The  rebellion aimed at toppling Libyan leader Gaddafi from power after more than 40 years has been raging for four months.

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