Libyan clashes wound 11, including French photographer

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Clashes between Libyan rebels and supporters of ruler Moamer Kadhafi wounded at least 11 people, including a French photographer, in the hamlet of Bin Jawad on Sunday, medics said.

"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 photographer 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.

Doctor Awad al-Quwaili said nine Libyans were also wounded in the clashes. The man shot in the head, was then rushed into the hospital, bringing the total number of wounded to 11 in the small Ras Lanuf hospital.

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.

© 2011 AFP

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