05 Mar '11, 1am

Libyan rebels seize town amid deadly battle

Libyan rebels seize town amid deadly battle

RASLANUF, Libya: Libyan rebels said on Friday they had seized a key oil refinery town in some of the heaviest fighting of the rebellion that left "many dead, a claim denied by a senior government official. With claim and counter-claim shifting with the battle lines in the North African country's desert sands, Venezuela said Libya had given it a green light to form a peace mission, a move already rejected by the rebels. The fighting centred on the town of Raslanuf, where hundreds of jubilant rebels cheered and fired into the air late on Friday, saying they were in control. An AFP reporter saw rebels positioned outside the Harouge Oil Operations compound, at the military barracks, police station and at the gates to a nearby residential area. But in Tripoli the deputy foreign minister in Muammar al-Gaddafi's government, Khaled Kaaim, said "the government controls it: in Rasla...

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