July 13 - Rebel fighters say they have retaken a village south of Tripoli that they lost to forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi earlier in the day. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Wounded rebels arrive at a hospital in Libya after a day of bitter fighting. Rebels say they have retaken a village south of Tripoli that they had lost to forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi earlier in the day. At least five rebels died in the retaking of Al-Qawalish. More than a dozen were wounded. The back-and-forth fighting underlines the fragile nature of rebel advances that have led some Western backers to push for a political solution to the conflict. Rebel forces want to use Al-Qawalish as a staging post to take the nearby town of Garyan, which controls access to the main highway heading north to Tripoli. The conflict in Libya started out as a rebellion against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year-rule. It has now turned into the bloodiest of the "Arab Spring" uprisings. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters