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NATO intensifies attacks on Gaddafi-held positions in Libya

Arab World Materials 4 July 2011 13:23
NATO intensified its attacks on Libyan targets overnight in two different cities, the state-run Jamahiriya news agency reported Monday.
NATO intensifies attacks on Gaddafi-held positions in Libya

NATO intensified its attacks on Libyan targets overnight in two different cities, the state-run Jamahiriya news agency reported Monday.

NATO has recently intensified its attacks on the country in a bid to increase pressure on leader Moamer Gaddafi, DPA reported.

Jamahiriya cited a military source as saying that the NATO raids hit civilian checkpoints set up to control traffic in the town of Bani Walid, some 200 kilometres south-east of Tripoli which remains under control of the Gaddafi regime.

Women from the capital were recently taken to a training facility in Bani Walid to be given training with weapons.

NATO also targeted the port and checkpoints in the coastal city of Zuwara, some 125 kilometres west of Tripoli, the report said.

Zuwara was one of six port authorities in Libya which the European Union added in June to an extensive list of Libyan companies and individuals blacklisted under the UN asset freeze.

Last month, 34 officers in Zuwara defected from the forces loyal to Gaddafi and joined the rebels.

The uprising to oust Gaddafi, who has been in power for 42 years, began in mid-February as protests turned into an armed conflict after the government's lethal crackdown on demonstrators.

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