Libya revolutionaries prepare for attack
Libyan revolutionary forces prepare to make their way to the frontline, on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Nalut, some 200 km (125 miles) southwest of Tripoli, June 18, 2011.
Libyan revolutionary forces say they are making preparations to launch a major attack on the strategic town of Ghezaia near the city of Nalut.
"We are reinforcing the position around Nalut and we will attack Ghezaia tomorrow or the next day for sure. We plan to take it," Omar Fakkan, a revolutionary commander, said on Wednesday.
The commander added that forces from several opposition-held towns in the Nafusa mountains are coming together in Nalut to get ready for the assault.
A spokesman for the revolutionaries said they carried out a small attack on regime forces in Ghezaia earlier Wednesday, destroying three tanks.
At least 20 heavily armed trucks were seen moving towards Nalut near the Tunisian border. About 30 other trucks were congregating further east to join the attack, reports said.
Nalut is located southwest of the capital Tripoli, where Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi is holed up.
Revolutionary forces have taken control of much of the Nafusa mountains in the west, the northeast of the country and the western city of Misratah. All the eastern parts have been under control of opposition forces.
On Wednesday, at least four revolutionary forces were killed and ten others injured near the western town of Zlitan which is the biggest town between opposition forces and Tripoli, according to medical sources.