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Libyan Rebels Continue Westward Push, Take Three More Towns

ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images(BREGA, Libya) -- Libyan rebels continued to move westwards across the country on Sunday, reportedly taking control of three more towns in their push.

On Sunday rebels took control of the key oil town of Brega as they continued their push towards the capital Tripoli. The rebels also reportedly took control of the towns of Ras Lanuf and Uqayla, according to a report by BBC News.

Sunday’s conquests follow the recapture of the city of Ajdabiya by rebels on Saturday.

Both the Obama Administration and Libyan rebels have said that the success of air raids by coalition forces has helped in the takeovers. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces have been forced to retreat from the towns because of the air strikes, enabling rebels to gain the upper hand.

On Saturday night French warplanes that are part of the coalition forces, reportedly destroyed five Libyan planes and two helicopters at a base in Misrata.

The United Nations has authorized the imposition of the no-fly zone in Libya, and international coalition forces have been working to enforce the no-fly zone.

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Libya: 'Celebratory Gunfire' in Tripoli, Gov't Refutes Rebel Advances

MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Celebrations have broken out in the Libyan capital of Tripoli as Moammar Gadhafi's supporters claim his forces overtook rebels in two key towns. Rebel fighters, however, claim that the cities of Ras Lanuf and Tobruk are only the latest to fall in a westward takeover that now has its sights set on Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte.

"You will hear tomorrow that Sirte has fallen," a rebel fighter told ABC News.

As they prepare to take Sirte, a Gadhafi stronghold, rebels say that a "massacre" is taking place in Bin Jawad, a city about 30 miles northwest of Ras Lanuf. A fighter told ABC that Gadhafi’s forces there were firing indiscriminately into civilian areas and that there were not enough ambulances to carry the wounded.

Meanwhile, reports have surfaced of warplanes hitting rebel forces as they advance toward Tripoli, where residents woke up to continuous gunfire.

While the government insists the gunfire was celebratory, some residents say the sustained fire early Sunday morning sounded more like a firefight. The BBC and Al Jazeera reported gunfire by the main airport, but both outlets say it is impossible to tell who is shooting and why.

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