Rebels outside Brega are battling for control of the eastern oil town.
The area for now has become the front line, as both sides fight to-and-fro across the desert.
The rebels have come under rocket and mortar fire from Colonel Gaddafi’s army as they tried to advance.
But despite amassing an array of pick-up trucks with machine guns, the front line has not moved substantially on Thursday.
Brega is one of the main battlegrounds along the coastal strip. Ras Lanuf is now back in the hands of Gaddafi’s forces. Some rebels have fallen back as far as Ajdabiyah.
Under attack from the better-equipped Libyan army, the insurgents were seen to pull back before regrouping and moving forward again.
But, largely in retreat over recent days, some complain that Gaddafi’s rockets have a range that far outstrips anything they can throw back.
Many rebels have repeated their call for more and better weapons. Some have also acknowledged they need better command and discipline.