Pro-Gadhafi Forces Move to Retake Rebel-Held Towns

Published on Saturday 5th March 2011

Fierce battles are raging in Libya, where forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi are trying to retake key towns held by rebels.Opposition forces were trying to hold on to the western town of Zawiyah Saturday. It is the closest rebel-held town to the capital, Tripoli. Reuters  news says Mr. Gadhafi's forces had surrounded the town by midday.  The French News Agency (AFP) quotes witnesses who say at least seven people have been killed in the fighting.Pro-Gadhafi forces moved on the eastern oil port of Ras Lanuf Friday.  But the rebels claim they still control the town. The International Committee of the Red Cross has launched an appeal of nearly $26 million to assist more than 200,000 people affected by the the crisis in Libya.  Meanwhile, Interpol has issued a global alert against Mr. Gadhafi and 15 other Libyan nationals, including some of his family members and close associates.  The alert comes after the International Criminal Court announced it has opened a probe against Mr. Gadhafi and some of his associates in possible crimes against humanity.  


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