Libyan mountain town facing starvation: residents

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  • Town of Yafran under siege by government forces

  • Residents say food, medicine and water running out

  • People of Yafran fleeing across border into Tunisia

By Tarek Amara

DEHIBA, Tunisia, May 2 (Reuters) - People in the Libyan rebel town of Yafran, besieged by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, are running out of food, drinking water and medical supplies, residents said on Monday.

Yafran, about 100 km (60 miles) southwest of the Libyan capital, is part of the Western Mountains region where the local population -- most of them belonging to the Berber ethnic group -- rose up two months ago against Gaddafi's rule.

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