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Rebels accuse Nato of inaction

world Updated: Apr 06, 2011 23:31 IST
Muammar Gaddafi

Libyan rebels regained ground in a new advance on an oil port on Wednesday but accused Nato of inaction hindering their quest to oust Muammar Gaddafi.

Nato said Gaddafi was making it increasingly difficult for its pilots to carry out air strikes by ensconcing his forces in heavily populated areas and using civilians as human shields.

In their eastern heartland, insurgents thrust back towards Brega, recovering mostly desert terrain lost in a pell-mell retreat from Gaddafi’s superior firepower the day before. Rebel Idriss Abdel Karim and various comrades complaining of a lack of support from Nato bombers said, “(Government forces) are scared of Nato air strikes but Nato doesn’t bomb anything in the first place.”