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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-11 05:38 AM
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28. The Guardian's correspondent reports from Zawiya
Haroon Siddique, manning the blog today, posts:

I just spoke to the Guardian's Luke Harding who is in Zawiyah who is on the way to the oil refinery, amid reports that it has fallen to the rebels. He is unable to confirm those reports at present but he said:

I have just been in the field hospital which has been treating patients and injured from Zawiyah and I just talked to a doctor who was here last night next to a date palm when he said seven grad missiles flew over and he basically escaped by shinning up a wall and basically says that the hospital has been deliberately been targeted by Gaddafi forces. Now, there have been 83 people killed in the battle for Zawiyah since Sunday ...

According to the doctor I was speaking to the government troops are still holed up in the city hospital. He says there are at least 50 government soldiers there who have apparently turned the delivery suite into an arms dump and are keeping about 100 people hostage. So, while the rebels have most of the town, the battle isn't over yet. But I have to say sweeping through this morning across the sort of flat desert landscape the momentum does seem to be with the rebels ...

I was passing people who were by the side of the road painting rebel flags, cars with civilians streaming towards rebel held areas, flicking V-signs and tooting (car horns). I think it would be premature to suggest this is the end phase ....(but) it seems to be going the rebels' way.

Audio report at link:

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