Fighting in Zawiyah shuts Libya coast road-resident

Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:34pm GMT

ZAWIYAH, Libya, June 11 (Reuters) - Fighting between Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and rebels broke out in the town of Zawiyah on Saturday, a resident said, shutting the coastal highway that links the capital Tripoli with Tunisia.

"The situation is very bad in Zawiyah. There's been fierce fighting since the morning between the Gaddafi forces and the rebels," said the resident, who gave only his first name, Mohammed, fearing reprisals.

A Reuters reporter trying to travel through the town was diverted via backstreets with a police escort. He said the highway was deserted except for a large number of soldiers, police and armed men in civilian clothes. (Reporting by Peter Graff in Zawiyah and Tarek Amara in Tunis; editing by Tim Pearce)

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