Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi reportedly retook parts of Zawiyah to the west of Tripoli as fighting intensified across Libya Friday. Anti-regime forces earlier said they took control of the oil port of Ras Lanuf, a claim the government denies.
REUTERS - Muammar Gaddafi's forces fought their way into a rebel-held western town on Friday, but rebels said they had captured the eastern oil town of Ras Lanuf, extending their hold on eastern Libya.
OIL PRICES MOUNT WITH UNREST
An improvised rebel force had withdrawn to the central Martyrs Square, and government troops were 4-5 kilometres away, a rebel spokesman said.
"A lot of people have been killed. There are many people in the hospital. No one can approach, it's still very dangerous," said a resident who would only identify himself as Saleh.
Date created : 2011-03-04