28 Apr '11, 9am

Libyan rebels set sights on Misrata airport: MISRATA, Libya: Libyan rebels fought to take Misrata's airport on T...

MISRATA, Libya: Libyan rebels fought to take Misrata's airport on Thursday after pushing back Muammar al-Gaddafi's forces from the city's lifeline sea port as the oil-rich country's tribes urged the strongman to quit. As a UN panel arrived in Libya to investigate violence and human rights abuses, rebels in Misrata said they were confident victory was "very close" for them in the strategic port city. "Our freedom fighters have managed to defeat the soldiers of Gaddafi" by forcing them out of Misrata, Khalid Azwawi, head of the local transition committee, told a news conference late Wednesday. "They managed to force them to leave, but not very far. That's why Gaddafi is trying to bomb the port," he said. Rebel fighters backed by NATO air strikes said Wednesday they drove Gaddafi's troops out of missile range of the port of Misrata, an aid conduit for the city of half a milli...

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