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Rebels move towards Tripoli

Arab World Materials 27 June 2011 06:48 (UTC +04:00)
Libyan rebels say they are advancing closer towards Tripoli, opening a second frontline on their way to capture the capital, Press TV reported.
Rebels move towards Tripoli

Libyan rebels say they are advancing closer towards Tripoli, opening a second frontline on their way to capture the capital, Press TV reported.

The revolutionaries claim they have approached to the outskirts of the town of Bair al-Ghanam, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Tripoli, and are fighting regime forces, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

Guma el-Gamaty, a spokesman for the Benghazi-based National Transitional Council said Bair al-Ghanam is of great importance since it is only 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Zawiay, a key western gateway to the capital.

Fighting between loyalists of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi and opposition forces has mostly taken place on frontlines to the east of Tripoli in recent months.

However, intense fighting has raged on in Nafusa Mountains in the west of the country in recent weeks and a push by revolutionaries will force Libyan regime to deploy more forces to the southern and western parts of Tripoli.

The Libyan regime has remained defiant. Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said in a statement late Sunday that Gaddafi is "Libya's historical symbol and he is above all political actions, above all political and tactical game."

Earlier the spokesman had proposed a period of national dialogue and an election supervised by the UN.

"If the Libyan people decide Gaddafi should leave he will leave. If the people decide he should stay he will stay," Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim added that armed groups and NATO have no say in the future of Libya and it is up to Libyans and the leadership to decide about it. He stated that no measure can be taken unless NATO stops the airstrikes.

"It is not possible for a new stage to begin before NATO stops its aggression against Libya. As for the armed groups, they have no force on the ground, nor popular representation," the statement said.

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