Rebels: Gadhafi forces pushed back from Misrata

AP News
Posted: May 11, 2011 9:58 AM
Rebels: Gadhafi forces pushed back from Misrata

A Libyan rebel in the besieged western city of Misrata says Moammar Gadhafi's forces have been pushed back, leaving behind weapons and ammunition and losing control of the airport to the rebels.

According to a rebel who identified himself as Abdel Salam, rebels were in total control of the airport in southern Misrata on Wednesday after two days of fighting. Hesaid five rebels were killed and 105 injured.

"This is a major victory," he said.

Misrata's rebels also are pushing west, toward the nearby city of Zlitan.

The only rebel-held stronghold in western Libya, Misrata is the country's third-largest city, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Gadhafi's capital, Tripoli.