28 Feb '11, 7am

Pressure mounts as Gaddafi loses western stronghold

Pressure mounts as Gaddafi loses western stronghold

NALUT, Libya: Pressure mounted on Monday on Libyan leader Muammer al-Gaddafi as anti-regime forces overran towns in his traditional western stronghold, after world leaders called on him to end his 41-year rule. An AFP reporter arriving in Nalut, a town of 66,000 people, 235 kilometres west of Tripoli, found Gaddafi loyalists had entirely disappeared. "The city has been liberated since February 19. It has been run by a revolutionary committee named by the town's communities," Shaban Abu Sitta, a local lawyer and member of a revolutionary committee, told AFP. "The towns of Rhibat, Kabaw, Jado, Rogban, Zentan, Yefren, Kekla, Gherien and Hawamed have also been free for days. In all these towns, Gaddafi's forces have gone and a revolutionary committee put in place," he said. Regime opponents appeared to control the city of Az-Zawiyah, 50 kilometres west of the capital, where th...

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