BIR SHAEB, Libya (AP) -- Heavy clashes have erupted in Zawiya
west of the Libyan capital as rebels try to enter the strategic
coastal city held by Moammar Gadhafi's forces.
A rebel force of about 200 fighters has reached a bridge on the
southwestern outskirts of the city, which is located around 30
miles (50 kilometers) west of Tripoli. Some rebels pushed farther
into the city center Saturday.
An AP reporter traveling with the rebels saw hundreds of
resident rush into the streets, greeting rebels with chants of
"Allahu Akbar," or "God is great."
Gadhafi's forces then counterattacked, and heavy shelling and
gunfire could be heard as rebels and government troops battled.
Zawiya is a strategic city because it lies along the main supply
line for Gadhafi's stronghold of Tripoli.