Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Libyan Loyalist Forces Entrap Western-backed Rebels in Ragdaline

Gaddafi remnants entrap fighters in town

Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:55PM GMT

Forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi have reportedly entrapped opposition fighters in Libya's western town of Ragdaline near the Tunisian border.

Latest reports say at least one person was killed and four others wounded in Ragdaline on Monday, AFP reported.

The battle started when fighters entered Ragdaline thinking there would be no resistance. They were, however, showered with mortars and rockets fired by Gaddafi loyalists.

"They set us up. The people of Ragdaline told us that we could come in peace, and suddenly we were under fire," an opposition fighter said.

Moreover, pro-Gaddafi snipers were positioned in houses across the town, targeting anyone who would pass through the center of the town.

Some of the fighters decided to retreat to a checkpoint while others chose to stay and fight and wait for reinforcements.

The development comes as fighters prepare to launch an assault on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte in a final showdown to seal their months-old reign of terror.

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