05 Mar '11, 7pm

Gaddafi forces accused of 'massacre' as battles rage

Gaddafi forces accused of 'massacre' as battles rage

BIN JAWAD, Libya - Muammar al-Gaddafi's forces were accused of a "massacre" during a heavy assault Saturday on a key town, as rebels pushed towards Tripoli and the opposition declared itself Libya's sole representative. As battles raged east and west of the capital and casualties rose on both sides, the national council -- the opposition's embryonic government -- met to make the proclamation at its first formal gathering. "The council declares it is the sole representative all over Libya," former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil said after the meeting in Benghazi, the rebel stronghold in the east of the strife-torn North African country. Former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, one of the first high-profile Libyans to defect from Gaddafi's four-decade regime when the uprising began, has been appointed chairman of the 30-member body. Rebels say they have set up loca...

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