Libyan rebels advance towards Tripoli: spokesman

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Posted: Jun 27, 2011 5:23 AM
Libyan rebels advance towards Tripoli: spokesman

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Libyan rebels south of Tripoli have advanced to within about 80 km (50 miles) of the capital and are fighting government troops for control of the town of Bir al-Ghanam, a rebel spokesman told Reuters on Monday.

"We are on the southern and western outskirts of Bir al-Ghanam," Juma Ibrahim, a rebel spokesman in the nearby town of Zintan, said by telephone.

"There were battles there most of yesterday. Some of our fighters were martyred and they (government forces) also suffered casualties and we captured equipment and vehicles. It's quiet there today and the rebels are still in their positions," he said.

(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Janet Lawrence)