There has been more intense fighting in the eastern Libyan town of Bin Jawad, as pro-Gaddafi forces renew their attack on the rebels. The army are using heavy weaponry and air strikes. Bin Jawad is less than 100 kilometres from Gaddafi’s hometown, Sirte.
Meanwhile, the British Foreign Minister has confirmed that a small diplomatic team is in the eastern city of Bengazi. However, he is refused to confirm reports that rebels are holding eight SAS soldiers and a junior diplomat.
Though the rebels are holding out in Zawiyah, Libya is mainly split between east, where the rebels have the upper hand, and Gaddafi-controlled west, including Tripoli.
It looks as though it may not be too easy for the opposition to break Gaddafi’s hold on the capital. Thousands of his supporters have taken to streets waving flags, chanting pro-Gaddafi slogans and firing guns. When the sounds of gunfire were heard early in the morning, the government denied that the fighting had reached Tripoli, and said it was the sound of people celebrating Gaddafi’s victories. According to state television, the rebels have been defeated everywhere except Benghazi.