Libyan revolutionaries say they are advancing closer towards Tripoli, opening a second frontline on their way to capture the capital.
The revolutionaries claim they have approached to the outskirts of the town of Bair al-Ghanam, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Tripoli, and are fighting regime forces, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.
Guma el-Gamaty, a spokesman for the Benghazi-based National Transitional Council said Bair al-Ghanam is of great importance since it is only 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Zawiay, a key western gateway to the capital.
Fighting between loyalists of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi and opposition forces has mostly taken place on frontlines to the east of Tripoli in recent months.
However, intense fighting has raged on in Nafusa Mountains in the west of the country in recent weeks and a push by revolutionaries will force Libyan regime to deploy more forces to the southern and western parts of Tripoli.