Gains For Anti-Qaddafi Forces

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on February 27, 2011

They now control the town of Zawiya:

Forces fighting to oust the Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi have seized the city of Zawiya, 50km (30 miles) west of the capital, Tripoli.

The Libyan government took journalists to Zawiya on Sunday morning.

But instead of a show of government force, reporters saw opposition fighters manning the barricades in the city centre and flying their flag.

Sanctions have now been placed on the Libyan regime (which likely will serve to hurt the Libyan people most), and Italy now considers its friendship and cooperation treaty with Libya “de facto suspended.” But the fighting over Zawiya is not done yet; pro-Qaddafi forces appear to be gathering on the outskirts of the city, determined to take it back.

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