TRIPOLI, Libya – The Libyan rebels, after getting extensive gains in taking cities around Tripoli in recent weeks, were pushing forward Sunday toward the capital.
According to details; intense fighting and NATO bombing was reported overnight in the Libyan capital, even as rebels fighting the forces of embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi pushed closer to Tripoli Sunday and now say they are only 20 miles away.
Libyan rebels, after declaring they had total control of Zawiyah Saturday as a result of week-long brutal battle for the strategic city, on Sunday fought into the town of Jaddayim, the first city on the road to Tripoli from Zawiyah and only 25 miles to the east of the capital.
The BBC reports that the rebels took the city Sunday, and there are now hundreds of rebel fighters in the town on foot and in trucks. The Associated Press reports that the rebels were coming under heavy fire from pro-Gaddafi forces in the town.
The rebel forces picked up the momentum to control Tripoli after more senior aides to Col. Muammar Gaddafi apparently have defected and with the recent reports it is visible that Gaddafi’s days appear numbered. But Gaddafi’s forces are fighting back violently, and it is uncertain how long the battle for the capital will last.
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