July 8, 2011 / 3:13 PM / 8 years ago

NATO warplanes bomb Gaddafi forces in Western Mountains

AL-QAWALISH, Libya, July 8 (Reuters) - NATO warplanes bombed forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in Libya’s Western Mountains on Friday at the front line where Gaddafi’s troops retreated two days ago from a rebel advance.

The bombs landed about three km (two miles) east of the village of Al-Qawalish, said Abdul Wahad, a rebel fighter manning the last checkpoint on the eastern edge of the village.

He said they struck four times in the mid-afternoon.

Rebels forced Gaddafi troops from the village on Wednesday in one of their biggest advances in weeks, pushing down the highway towards the strategic town of Garyan, which controls the main road south out of the capital Tripoli about 100 km (60 miles) away.

Reporting by Peter Graff, Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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