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Updated: April 9, 2011 18:12 IST

Libyan rebels make gains towards eastern oil port

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In this photo taken during a trip organized by Libyan authorities, Libyan soldiers hold a position during shootings at the coastal city of Misrata, 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Tripoli, on Friday. Photo: AP.
In this photo taken during a trip organized by Libyan authorities, Libyan soldiers hold a position during shootings at the coastal city of Misrata, 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Tripoli, on Friday. Photo: AP.

Rebels say they took two prisoners after a clash Saturday with soldiers near Brega’s university. The campus is outside the government—controlled oil facilities, but it marks a noticeable advance by rebels struggling to push back Muammar Qadhafi’s forces.

Rebel fighters say they have pushed deeper towards the oil port of Brega, a key prize in the back—and—forth battles with government forces.

Rebels say they took two prisoners after a clash Saturday with soldiers near Brega’s university. The campus is outside the government—controlled oil facilities, but it marks a noticeable advance by rebels struggling to push back Muammar Qadhafi’s forces.

The eastern Libyan port has changed hands more than five times since the uprising against Col. Qadhafi’s rule began in February. The port and oil storage facilities are strategic for both sides.

Rebels have regrouped on the front lines after a mass retreat on Thursday when NATO airstrikes accidentally hit a rebel armoured column.

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