July 27, 2011 / 6:54 PM / 8 years ago

Libya rebels say plan attack on western mountain town

NAFUSA MOUNTAINS, Libya, July 27 (Reuters) - Libyan rebels fighting in the western mountains said on Wednesday they planned to launch a major offensive on the strategic town of Ghezaia near the Tunisian border in the next day or two.

A Reuters correspondent saw at least 20 heavily armed trucks moving in the direction of Nalut, close to the border. Another group of around 30 pickup trucks camouflaged with mud, congregated further east, and were preparing to join the assault.

“We are reinforcing the position around Nalut and we will attack Ghezaia tomorrow or the next day for sure. We plan to take it,” Omar Fakkan, a rebel commander, told Reuters.

He said that forces from a number of rebel-held towns in the western Nafusa Mountains were gathering in Nalut, ready for the attack.

Reporting by Michael Georgy, Writing by Lin Noueihed; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton

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