7 rebels killed in fight in Libya: TV

08:57, August 03, 2011      

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About seven rebels were killed and 50 others wounded Tuesday in a fight against troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi near the western town of Zlitan, Doha-based TV channel al-Jazeera reported.

The Gaddafi forces reached the outskirts of Zlitan, the biggest urban area between Misrata and the Libyan capital Tripoli, and launched a counter attack against the rebel forces, al-Jazeera said.

The fighting was still ongoing near the town, a stronghold used by the government troops to block the rebel forces' advance towards Tripoli, which is about 130 km away.

The injured rebels have been taken to hospitals in Misrata for treatment, al-Jazeera quoted hospital officials as saying.

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