Libyan rebels say they have gained control of the strategic southwestern town of Bir al-Ghanam, following fierce clashes with pro-government forces.
Opposition fighters said Saturday that they had managed to push back forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi following a battle that left at least four rebel fighters dead.
There was no immediate word from the Libyan government concerning the town’s status.
Bir al-Ghanam is about 85 kilometers from Tripoli. For months, rebel fighters have been trying to move closer to the capital by seizing towns to the west.
Meanwhile, fighting is underway in Zlitan as rebels continue their efforts to wrestle control of the western town from pro-government forces.