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Libyan rebels battered by Gaddafi forces

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The battle for who controls Libya shows all the signs of turning into a long-drawn out affair.

In what is becoming an ill-defined a fast-moving front line rebels appear to remain in charge of the key oil port of Ras Lanuf, but looked to have lost other strategic outposts, notably Bin Jawad to the west, following a strong counter attack by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

The embattled Libyan leader’s warplanes still control the sky, launching airstrikes from his home-town of Sirte. Closer to Tripoli, amateur footage purported to show heavy fighting in the rebel held city of Misrata, one of the biggest in the west not under Gaddafi’s control.

The rebels say they successfully repelled the attack, but the humanitarian crisis in Misrata is reported to be increasingly dire.