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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Clashes Continue Between Pro-Gadhafi And Opposition Forces

Unidentified pro-Gadhafi security forces stand near a checkpoint on a street in Qasr Banashir, southeast of the capital Tripoli, in Libya. (AP)

Unidentified pro-Gadhafi security forces stand near a checkpoint on a street in Qasr Banashir, southeast of the capital Tripoli, in Libya. (AP)

Residents of the Zawiya, the opposition-held city closest to Libya’s capital, passed out sweets and cold drinks to fighters today and celebrated with a victory march after they managed to repel an overnight attack by pro-Gadhafi forces.

Witnesses said pro-Gadhafi forces battled opposition forces in Zawiya for six hours overnight, but could not retake control of the city 30 miles west of Tripoli.

Witnesses also said the regime offered to cash to rebels in exchange for giving up control of the city. Pascale Harter from the BBC’s Libya desk joins us from London with the latest.


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