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Libyan rebels wrest town from Gaddafi forces


Libyan rebels have entered the northwestern town of Yafran, previously held by Muammar Gaddafi's forces, reports say.

Youssef Boudlal, a Reuters photographer in the town, on Monday said the town had been wrested by the rebels.

"We are inside the town ... There is no sign of any Gaddafi forces. I can see the rebel flags ... We have seen posters and photos of Gaddafi that have been destroyed," he said.

Al Jazeera's Cal Perry, reporting from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya, said it was not clear what tilted the balance in the rebels' favour in Yafran.

"We do not have details of what provided this breakthrough...this is a town that has been held by Gaddafi forces since the start of the fighting. 

"It is really unclear where the Gaddafi forces have gone, and it is also unclear if it was a result of the NATO air strikes or use of the Apache helicopters," he said.

The rebel advance came amid continuing fighting between forces loyal to Gaddafi and rebels seeking to end his more than four-decades-long rule, inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt that toppled entrenched rulers.


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