March 2, 2011
Forces allied to Muammar Gaddafi have seized the eastern town of Brega, in the first sign of a fightback by the Libyan leader in the rebel-controlled east.
Anti-Gaddafi forces have been firmly in charge of the east of Libya, since shortly after protests erupted in the country last month.
Mohamed Yousef, an officer in the town of Ajdabiyah, about 75 miles from Brega, said: “It’s true. There was aerial bombardment of Brega and Gaddafi’s forces have taken it.”
There were also reports that fighter jets had been deployed to bomb the cities of Ajdabiya and Az Zawiyah. Witnesses said they saw two warplanes bomb the eastern part of Ajdabiya, while they also claimed pro-Gaddafi forces were advancing on the town, some 470 miles east of Tripoli.
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 5:24 am