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Coordinates: 31°59′49″N 12°37′48″E / 31.99694°N 12.63000°E / 31.99694; 12.63000

El Guwaleesh
Al-Qawalish is located in Libya
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 31°59′59″N 12°37′48″E / 31.99972°N 12.63000°E / 31.99972; 12.63000
Country  Libya
Region Tripolitania
District Jabal al Gharbi
Time zone UTC +2

Al-Qawalish (also spelled Gwalish or Qwalish) is a village in the Nafusa Mountains of Libya, located about 113 km southwest of Tripoli and divide two parts west Al-Qawalish and Este Al-Qawalish and people numbers lives in this village about seven Thousand people.

Libyan civil war battle[edit]

It was captured by Libyan rebels on 7 July 2011 during the Nafusa Mountains campaign of the 2011 Libyan civil war. Nine rebels were killed in the six-hour battle, with no information on casualties from the pro-Gaddafi forces.

An earlier attempt was made to capture the village at the end of the prior month of June. Between 30 June and 3 July, the rebels attempted to advance from Kikla toward the town of al-Qawalish (which holds a western and an eastern part, separated by a canyon). If they took the town the road would be open to Gharyan. However, the rebels were unable to move forward and nine opposition fighters were killed and dozens wounded.[1] During the battle, loyalist snipers took positions on a water tower between al-Qawalish and rebel positions, just few hundred meters away, at Kikla.[2]

On 6 July, rebels launched an attack on al-Qawalish with hundreds of fighters. They did so after NATO aircraft intensified bombing of the area and finally gave rebels the green light to advance.[3] After several hours rebel fighters advanced a couple of kilometers towards al-Qawalish.[4] Al-Qawalish was finally captured after six hours of fighting.[5] One rebel fighter was reportedly killed and five wounded during the opposition offensive. It was unclear how many government soldiers were killed.[6] This was confirmed by photos and videos.[7]

On 13 July, loyalist forces attacked Qawalish again, and this time the rebels retreated. Some of them claimed the reason being for the pull-back that they ran out of ammunition. Government troops started the attack after a group of rebels attempted to advance east of the town toward Gharyan. The loyalists quickly swept through Qawalish from the east and reached as far as the checkpoint on the western edge of the village.[8] Still, by the evening, the rebels counter-attacked and after a five-hour battle they retook the town and chased loyalist forces to the outskirts of Asabah. During the fighting, two rebels were killed and 17 wounded.[9][10][11]