Libyan rebels are fleeing Eastward after forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi drove rebels from key oil port.
March 30, 2011
Libyan rebels are frantically fleeing eastward after forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi drove them Wednesday from a key oil port.
Western news reports from outside Ras Lanuf say rebels are retreating amid intense fighting with pro-government forces shelling them and firing rockets.
On Tuesday, pro-Gadhafi troops reversed the rebel’s push, hammering them with tank and artillery fire and forcing a panicked retreat to Ras Lanuf. Opposition fighters pleaded for allied air strikes as they fled.
Western nations began enforcing a United Nations-authorized no-fly zone over Libya on March 19. On Wednesday, NATO member states begin enforcing all military operations in the North African nation.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.