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Libya - Aug 6, 2011 - 14:55

Last modified: 6 Aug 2011 11:55

Residents of a small Libyan town just 100km from Tripoli who took up arms against Muammar Gaddafi's regime were said to be under siege on Saturday.

A representative from Al-Qusbat's rebel military committee told the AFP news agency that the town was now surrounded by Gaddafi's forces and fears are growing of an imminent bloodbath.

"All roads going to Al-Qusbat are blocked by Kadhafi's forces. They cut electricity and communications since yesterday," Khamis Nuri el-Kasseh said from Benghazi, after contacting the town by satellite phone.

"Kadhafi's forces are not yet in control of the town, but we expect it will be bloody today," he said, adding there had already been a series of arrests in suburbs.

Al-Qusbat is cut off from other rebel positions in the west of Libya, with 70km separating it from the nearest positions at Zlitan to the east.