June 10, 2011 / 8:20 PM / 8 years ago

Gaddafi forces shell Gadamis for first time-rebel

RABAT, June 10 (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi’s forces on Friday shelled the town of Gadamis, 600 km southwest of Tripoli, for the first time since a February uprising against his rule, a rebel spokesman said.

“Gadamis is being shelled by Gaddafi forces, according to witnesses in the town,” spokesman Juma Ibrahim said from the rebel-held town of Zintan in the Western Mountains region.

“This is a retaliation to anti-regime protests that happened on Wednesday,” he said.

The account could not be independently verified.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr; editing by John Irish

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