Libyan rebels claim to have defended Benghazi

Appearing on Al-Jazeera television, head of Libya’s Transitional National Council Mustafa Abdel Jalil has said his forces have cleared the rebel stronghold Benghazi of troops loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

He also denied official reports that his chief military commander Abdel Fattah Yunis has switched sides and is now out of Benghazi.

On Saturday morning, Tripoli media circulated a government decree to reinstall General Yunis as Interior Minister.

The Libyan government also said that it is abiding by its latest ceasefire, and reports of government troops and tanks in Benghazi streets are lies.

The rebels, meantime, speak about air raids and heavy shelling in the Benghazi area.

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