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Gaddafi strikes rebel-held Ras Lanuf

Gaddafi strikes rebel-held Ras Lanuf
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Libyan warplanes have launched renewed air strikes on the rebel-held city of Ras Lanuf. They dropped bombs close to the coastal city’s oil refinery.

There were no reports of any fatalities but the AFP news agency said at least three rebel fighters had been injured.

Nevertheless, the opposition remains defiant. “With God’s Will, we will win. We’ll defeat this tyrant,” one rebel said. “We are not afraid of him or his tanks or planes.”

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces are also using tanks, rockets and warplanes to attack the rebel-held Western town of Zawiyah.

They still retain a strong grip on Tripoli and his home town of Sirte.

On Monday, Gaddafi loyalists succeeded in recapturing the town of Bin Jiwad, some 60 kilometres from Ras Lanuf.

Libyan state television broadcast video purporting to show rebel fighters who had been arrested during Monday’s clashes.

Since protests to force the removal of Colonel Gaddafi began in mid-February, as many as 6,000 people are believed to have been killed.