Tripoli says rebels driven back from Zawiyah11289
Rebels have taken on forces loyal to Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi near the town of Zawiyah. It is the second day of fighting and brings the revolt to within 20 kilometres of the outskirts of the capital, Tripoli.
But a government spokesman says the opposition forces eventually tried to enter the town, but were driven back.
The renewed fighting around Zawiyah is the closest the rebellion has come to Gaddafi’s stronghold in Tripoli for months.