A hospital in Benghazi says 26 people are dead and and 40 injured after bombardments by Gaddafi’s forces.
The rebels say that a fighter jet shot down over the city, was one of theirs sent out to repel the government attack.
The fighting will be viewed by the international community as a clear breach of the ceasefire announced by the Libyan government yesterday, although a spokesman earlier insisted that they were honouring the policy and that it is the rebels who are attacking them.
Reports are still hard to verify with claim and counter-claim, but the insurgents do appear to be in jubilant mood in Benghazi, claiming to have repelled the attacks and captured a tank in the process.
Residents seem almost in a celebratory mood as they patrol the streets, waving rebel flags and firing guns in the air.
People living in the another rebel held town, Misrata, also claim Gaddafi is breaking the ceasefire with snipers shooting people from the rooftops. They also said there’s been some shelling of the city though not as much as on Friday.