At least 30 killed in Libyan rebel town clash

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 18, 2011 4:04 PM

RABAT (Reuters) - At least 30 civilians were killed on Friday when security forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi tried to retake Zawiyah, a town near the capital that has for days been defying his rule, two residents said.

"I have been to hospital less than 15 minutes ago. Dozens were killed and more were wounded. We have counted 30 dead civilians. The hospital was full. They could not find space for the casualties," Zawiyah resident Mohamed told Reuters by telephone.

"We receive updates from the hospital and they say the number of casualties is rising," he added.

Another resident, Ibrahim, said between 40 and 50 people were killed in the clashes.

Their accounts could not be immediately verified.

(Reporting by Souhail Karam; editing by Philippa Fletcher)