Libya rebels seize village from pro-Gaddafi forces

Wed Jul 6, 2011 12:26pm GMT

AL-QAWALISH, Libya, July 6 (Reuters) - Libyan rebel fighters took control of the village of Al-Qawalish, south-east of Tripoli, on Wednesday after a six-hour battle with government forces, a Reuters reporter in the village said.

Scores of rebel fighters poured into the village through an abandoned government checkpoint, firing their rifles into the air in celebration and shouting "Allahu Akbar!", or "God is greatest!".

There was evidence of a hurried withdrawal by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Near the checkpoint there were collapsed tents, half-eaten bread as well as a van and an electricity transformer station which were both on fire, the reporter said. (Reporting by Peter Graff; writing by Christian Lowe; editing by Jason Neely)

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