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A partial of the city of Gao taken on February 23, 2013. Battles with... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,City,Conflict,Gao City,Gao Region,Horizontal,Mali,Part OfPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA partial of the city of Gao taken on February 23, 2013. Battles with French-backed troops erupted overnight on February 20 after about 40 Islamists infiltrated the city and there were fresh clashes yesterday. Malian soldiers opened fire with rocket-propelled grenades on the city hall, killing at least one Islamist, according to Malian army colonel Mamadou Samake. They found the bodies of four rebels inside, he added. AFP PHOTO /JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)