14 Jul '11, 8pm

Libya rebels pull back from assault on Tripoli gateway

Libya rebels pull back from assault on Tripoli gateway

GUALISH, Libya: Libyan rebels on Thursday pulled back from an assault on a gateway to Tripoli and set their sights on the oil city of Brega, as NATO dismissed charges of having killed more than 1,100 civilians. "Yesterday, we got to within six kilometres (four miles) of Asabah, but most of our forces have returned" to Gualish, where rebels reversed a bid by loyalist forces on Wednesday to recapture the desert hamlet, said local commander Abdel Majid Salem. Asabah is strategically located 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the capital, serving as the last barrier between the rebels and the garrison town of Gharyan. Salem said the bulk of the rebels had returned to "secure the area" around Gualish, some 17 kilometres (11 miles) further south, but that some fighters remained outside Asabah. On Wednesday, soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi caught rebels off guar...

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