Gaddafi's forces retreat from Brega

11:14, April 07, 2011      

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Anti-government militants equiped with AK47 are seen at the front line of Brega, eastern Libya, on April 6, 2011. Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi withdrew from the eastern oil port city of Brega on Wednesday after fierce overnight clashes with the rebels. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)


Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi withdrew from the eastern oil port city of Brega on Wednesday after fierce overnight clashes with the rebels.

The government troops have pulled back from Brega, "but we moved slowly because they left snipers in the town," a rebel told Xinhua.

As of 3:00 p.m. local time (1300 GMT), severe clashes still continued in west of Brega, he added.

Xinhua correspondents moving with anti-government fighters saw clearly the black smoke rising from the battlefield, and heard the explosion in the town.

The fighters, who are several meters away from Xinhua correspondents, fired at least 10 ground-to-ground rockets at Gaddaffi's troops.

However, NATO's warplanes which overlooked the two sides did not strike the government troops.

Gaddafi's troops and the anti-government fighters have traded fire in Brega and Ras Lanuf in the past two weeks since the UN passed a resolution which imposed a no-fly zone over Libya.
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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