Libyan Rebels forces have launched a two-pronged offensive in Western Libya, increasing pressure to isolate Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold of Tripoli.
The rebels fought their way into the strategic city of Zawiya , battling snipers on rooftops and heavy shelling from 's forces holding the city.
More than 80% of Zawia in the hands of the FFs and the battalions stationed in the north east side of the city.
Zawiya, 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the capital, is key for both the rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces , the rebels need to take it before they can advance on the capital, and it is crucial to the Libyan regime as it lies on the lifeline to Tunisia.
Zawiya's residents rose up and threw off regime control when Libya's anti-Gadhafi revolt first began in February. But Gadhafi's forces retaliated and crushed opposition in the city in a long and bloody siege in March. Many of Zawiya's rebels fled into the mountains . article wrote about it in Mar 01, 2011 http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-new
But today there were hundreds of overjoyed residents who replaced the green flag of Col Gaddafi's regime hanging from a mosque minaret with two rebel flags.
Meanwhile Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim told reporters: Zawiyah is completely under our control. A very small group of rebels tried to enter from the south of Zawiyah but they were stopped easily by our armed forces."
At the same time, rebels were attempting to seize control of another strategic town, Gharyan, south of Tripoli ..
And finaly reporters about the Independence flag has been raised in Ras Jdeer, border between libya /Tunisia and its under the rebels control.