After last week’s dramatic advances, Libyan rebels have been retreating rapidly in the face of a renewed drive by government forces.
This footage is from our reporter, Mustafa Bag, who is on the road with rebels heading eastwards to Brega.
More reports from our correspondent:
- 30.03 - Libyan rebels retreat without allied air cover
- 28.03 - Gaddafi’s hometown seized by rebels – reports
- 27.03 - Libyan rebels in total control of Ajdabiya
Last week, the cover of allied air strikes allowed anti-Gaddafi troops to move westwards towards the capital, Tripoli. Now soldiers loyal to Gaddafi have retaken the strategic oil port of Ras Lanuf. The towns of Nawfaliyah and Bin Jawad fell in quick succession.
Lacking leadership, communications equipment and armed only with machine-guns on pick-ups or rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles, the rebels have been unable to hold on their gains.
On Wednesday, Western aircraft flew over the battlefield for a while, but there was no evidence of any air strikes on Gaddafi’s forces.
According to our correspondent on the ground, the rebels look set to regroup in the strategic town of Ajdabiyah, the last major city before their stronghold in Benghazi.