Libyan clashes wound 14, including French journalist

6th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Clashes between Libyan rebels and supporters of ruler Moamer Kadhafi wounded at least 14 people on Sunday, including a French journalist, in the hamlet of Bin Jawad, medics said.

Doctors rushing the wounded to treatment at the oil town of Ras Lanuf further east in rebel-held territory said the rebels were ambushed by Kadhafi loyalists hiding in houses in the small hamlet of Bin Jawad.

"The militiamen were hiding inside their homes. And they ambushed them," said medic Yusuf Abdul Salam, who brought one man shot in the head to the hospital in Ras Lanuf.

A French journalist shot in the leg, but not thought to be seriously wounded, told AFP he had been driving with rebel fighters towards Bin Jawad when they were attacked.

"We were met with bullets. Two bullets hit my camera. It exploded. I was in a pick-up with the revolutionaries and we were met with bullets," he said.

An AFP correspondent saw 14 people brought into the hospital. Doctor Awad al-Quwaili had initially said nine Libyans were wounded in the clashes.

Bin Jawad was the western-most point that AFP reporters on Saturday were able to confirm a rebel presence in their struggle to overthrow Kadhafi.

"It was the Al-Ihsun tribe. They betrayed us. It was grand treason. They betrayed us for money," Saleh, a medic, told AFP.

© 2011 AFP

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