Libyan rebels capture 17 Gaddafi's soldiers
The Libyan rebel fighters caught 17 soldiers of the troops loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday during a battle in the western town of Zawiyah, a rebel's spokesman told Xinhua.
There has been fierce fighting since Saturday morning between the rebel fights and Gaddafi's troops. The reports of casualties would be available later Saturday, said Jalal al-Gallal.
Heavy explosions were heard in the downtown of Zawiyah, and airplanes were hovering above the town, residents said on the rebel's TV website.
The fighting has reportedly cut the coastal highway that links the capital Tripoli with Tunisia.
Rebels aided by NATO air strikes have controlled the west mountain area and the coastal city of Misurata in east of Tripoli. In the deadlocked eastern front, the rebels are trying to drive Gaddafi's forces from the coastal city of Brega.