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NTC military commanders say 95 per cent of Gaddafi stronghold has fallen, despite some pockets of resistance.
NTC military commanders say they met heavy resistance from Gaddafi loyalists in the town, 170km southeast of Tripoli.
Rebel fighters are holding much of the east and parts of the west.
Rebels seize coastal city of Az Zawiyah, surrounding the capital and severing its supply routes.
Rebels claim centre of the eastern oil town, amid conflicting reports as to whether they control its oil facilities.
Muammar Gaddafi's forces launch counterattack after rebels capture key cities of Az Zawiyah and Zlitan.
Opposition forces battle government loyalists for control of Libya's only functioning oil refinery.
Opposition says its forces have reached Al-Heisha and captured two towns on supply roads in campaign to isolate capital.
Missile launch against rebels marks first use of a ballistic weapon by Libyan troops since conflict began in March.
Opposition forces continue western offensive, as Libyan interior minister lands in Egyptian capital.
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