Rebels repel Gaddafi forces' offensive on Bir Ghanam
Libyan rebels say they have repelled an offensive by the forces loyal to long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi on a strategically important town in south of Tripoli, Press TV reported.
The revolutionary fighters said they held on to the strategic town of Bir Ghanam but suffered casualties in Zlitan, some 120 kilometers east of the capital Tripoli.
The developments come a day after the regime claimed that its troops had recaptured the key town of Bir Ghanam.
However, the opposition forces have admitted they are running low on ammunition as they try to hold off an assault by the Gaddafi troops in Zlitan.
Attacks by pro-Gaddafi troops have intensified as opposition fighters are pushing their way towards Tripoli where the long-time ruler is holed-up.
Fierce clashes have been raging on between the two sides during the holy month of Ramadan.
Libya has been the scene of intense fighting between government troops and revolutionary forces since mid-February.
The deadly conflict has left thousands of people dead and wounded. Revolutionary forces want an end to Gaddafi's decades-long rule.