Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Libya rebels halt Gaddafi attack



Anti-Gaddafi protesters celebrate on the road to Brega

Rebel forces have fought off an attempt by soldiers loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi to retake the eastern oil town of Brega.
Gaddafi forces had moved into eastern areas for the first time since towns there fell to protesters two weeks ago.
The BBC's John Simpson in Brega says it is clear of loyalist troops.
Earlier Col Gaddafi said on TV he would "fight until the last man and woman" and warned that thousands of Libyans would die if Western forces intervened.
Our correspondent has been to Brega's seashore and university, where the heaviest fighting took place, and they appear entirely clear of pro-Gaddafi troops.
He says a senior rebel officer had suggested the Gaddafi troops might have run out of ammunition and been forced to withdraw.
The excited rebels appeared very proud of what they had achieved, our correspondent says, and the feeling in the town is that Col Gaddafi's men do not necessarily have their hearts in the job.



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