Libyan rebels in fight for Tripoli airbase-activist

Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:29pm GMT

RABAT Aug 20 (Reuters) - Libyan rebels continued to clash with government forces controlling Mitiga airbase in Tripoli, after fighting left an unknown number of insurgents dead in the suburb of Qadah and elsewhere, an opposition activist in Tripoli told Reuters.

"The rebels have surrounded a military airbase called Mitiga in the Tajourah district. The rebels there are telling the brigades that they come in peace to avoid bloodshed. There are areas where electricity has been cut off," he said. (Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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