Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have engaged in an attack at the entrance to the town of Zuwarah in western Libya, according to witnesses.
The latest outbreak of violence follows an aerial bombardment on Ajdabiyah earlier today.
Government heavy armour and aircraft are proving more than a match for the lightly-armed rebels.
It appears that Gaddafi’s troops are battling for control of the strategically important Ajdabiyah as it has links to Tobruk and the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
Many believe that Gaddafi will then move to surround Benghazi.
As the fighting continues unchecked, France has stepped up efforts to impose a no-fly zone over the country to protect civilians.
Paris is currently hosting the Group of Eight foreign ministers.
It comes after the Arab League called for a no-fly zone over the weekend.