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Gaddafi claim rebels in retreat from Ras Lanuf

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Gaddafi claim rebels in retreat from Ras Lanuf


In Libya on the strategic coastal road between the eastern Libyan towns of Bin Jawad and Ras Lanuf rebels are re-grouping. In a constantly changing conflict the latest video emerging seems to show rebels being forced to retreat as forces loyal to Gadaffi bombard the area.

It is believed the rebels fired rockets out to sea to counter Libyan gunboats targeting their positions while there have been reports of a series of air strikes.

One eyewitness said: “They just hit beside the hospital, all the doctors have fled. They hit near the mosque and near the people on the street.”

The eastern oil town of Ras Lanuf has now been cleared according to Libyan state television though that claim has been questioned by the rebels.

Residents in the town reported at least two tanks had headed into Ras Lanuf and one rebel soldier confirmed that government forces had entered the town and his men had withdrawn several kilometres east.

Hafiz Ghoga,a spokesman for the National Libyan Council, countered that saying it is not accurate. “All we are seeing there is bombardment with heavy artillery from the sea and the air,” he added.

In Benghazi they are burying the dead. Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of two rebels who were killed in fighting in Ras Lanuf on Wednesday. It remains an opposition stronghold the one constant among the continuing fighting, claim and counter claim.

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