Libyan rebels take western town after battle

Rebel fighters seize western town of Bir al-Ghanam in weekend attack, opening roads to Tripoli and the coast.

    Opposition fighters in Libya's west have battled for control of a small town that sits astride a road to both Tripoli and the coast.

    Despite back-and-forth fighting that saw regime troops bombard newly gained rebel positions with Grad rockets, rebels reportedly held the town by Monday morning.

    From Bir al-Ghanam, rebels can push north to the coastal town of Serman, cutting off a supply route between the Tunisian border and the capital, or they can go straight to Tripoli, around 80km away.

    Troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi are likely to put up a stiff fight as rebels get closer to the capital, but the opposition says residents of Serman are waiting for their arrival and ready to rise up.

    Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from near Bir al-Ghanam.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.