TRIPOLI, Libya, July 9 (UPI) -- Libyan forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi are trying to cut a rebel supply route to Tunisia.
Government troops have been attacking Wazin, the only crossing on Libya's western border in rebel hands, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. They have also attacked Nalut, a Berber town near Wazin.
NATO airstrikes have not ended the stalemate in Libya. But rebels have been attempting to advance toward Tripoli from Misurata, which is on the coast east of the capital, and more successfully from the southwestern mountains.
Berber tribesmen from the Nafusa Mountains are advancing toward Gharyan, the Telegraph said. The town is about 60 miles south of Tripoli and is a garrison point on the highway to the south.
The loss of either Nalut or Wazin could halt the Berber advance. Gadhafi forces have not tried to take them so far, the Telegraph said, but have been pounding them with heavy artillery.