Gaddafi's forces encircle Zawiyah - Reuters witness

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Posted: Mar 18, 2011 4:13 PM
Gaddafi's forces encircle Zawiyah - Reuters witness

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces have encircled the western town of Zawiyah and are closing in on the center after being pushed back by rebels earlier on Saturday, a Reuters witness said.

"Zawiyah is encircled by Gaddafi's forces, there are a lot of checkpoints. They are tightening their grip on the center," the Reuters journalist said, adding government forces were manning checkpoints some 3 km (1.8 miles) from the center of town.

"Access to central Zawiyah is completely blocked," she said.

(Reporting by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Jon Hemming)