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Libya rebels seize eastern town from regime

August 28th, 2011 10:03 am by Staff Report

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A spokesman says Libyan rebels have captured the coastal town of Bin Jawwad, about 350 miles (560 kilometers) southeast of the Tripoli, after several days of fighting with Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

Spokesman Mohammed al-Rajali said Sunday that the Gadhafi loyalists fled westward and are likely to join regime forces in Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown.

Al-Rajali says rebel forces searched Bin Jawwad and set up positions there.

Rebels already control most of Libya and have threatened to attack Sirte if tribal leaders there don't agree to a peaceful surrender.

Moussa Ibrahim, Gadhafi's chief spokesman, called The Associated Press in New York Saturday and said Gadhafi is still in Libya and offering to talk to the rebels about forming a transitional government.

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