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Africa

Kadhafi forces enter western rebel stronghold

media A rebel holds a man-portable air-defence system Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

Libyan army tanks on Monday entered the town of Zuwarah, one of the last towns in the west of the country in rebel hands. Pro-government forces have reached the centre of town, which is some 60km from the Tunisian border.

The town was bombarded by artillery fire before the entrance of the tanks.

”We are defending ourselves, but we can’t do it for long,” one of the rebel fighters told French press agency AFP. “We don’t have enough arms. The situation is very bad.”

The European Union has sent a mission to the rebel stronghold Benghazi, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton announced Monday.

Forces of Libyan President Moamer Kadhafi also launched attacks Monday on Ajdabiya, a town that guards the roads north along the coast to Benghazi and east across the desert to the oil port of Tobruk.

Opposition forces have been pushed back some 200 in the past week and are now only 170 kilometres from Benghazi.

Both the United Nations Security Council and the Group of Eight discussed the situation in Libya on Monday.

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