Nine rebel fighters have died in efforts to drive Libyan government soldiers out of the town of Qwalish.

Seven of the nine fighters who died on Wednesday were from Zintan, a remote western town of Libya.

The people of Zintan have always had a fearsome reputation. As rebel fighters against government forces, they have been at the forefront of efforts to make this mountain area safe.

They say that they will not accept anything less than the end of Gaddafi's government, even if this equates to their own death.

"We are fighting to die, they are fighting to live," is the slogan they chant.

Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports.

Source: Al Jazeera