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Libya - May 18, 2011 - 13:25

Last modified: 18 May 2011 10:25

AP - Libyan rebels say pro-Gaddafi forces have been shelling several cities in the western mountains in an attempt to tighten their grip on the area.

BelJassem, a citizen-turned-fighter from a village near Yafrin, says pro-Gaddfi forces used Grad missiles and rocket launchers, leaving residents trapped and cut off from food and medicalsupplies.

``We dig trenches and hide in there at night,'' says BelJassem, who gave only his first name for fear of reprisals.

Yafrin, which 120km southwest of Tripoli, is one of the biggest cities in the Nafusa mountain range, home to the ethnic Berber minority.

Medghamas Abu-Zakhar, a rebel based in Yafrin, says Gadhafi forces are shelling villages toward the top of the Nafusa range in an attempt to capture the high ground.