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    Battle for Libya: Latest on Az-Zawiyah

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Libyan rebels fought their way into the strategic city of Az-Zawiyah west of Tripoli on Saturday, in their most significant advance in months.

    They battled snipers on rooftops and heavy shelling from Muammar Gaddafi's forces holding the city.

    Az-Zawiyah, 50 kilometres from the capital, is a key target for rebels waging a new offensive launched from the mountains in the far west of Libya, an attempt to break the deadlock in fighting between the two sides that has held for months in the centre and east of the country.

    Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Libya, says the opposition fighters were "able to fight their way into Az-Zawiyah but they have still not been able to secure it."