After a series of rapid rebel advances followed by equally rapid retreats, Libyan insurgents held their ground for six days in the oil town of Brega.
But once again a sustained government bombardment has pushed them out.
At least now the disorganised volunteers are being kept to the rear with the better trained forces leading the battle.
The rebels are not giving up on the strategically important town and intend another offensive later today.
If NATO air strikes can keep taking out government armoured vehicles, the rebels might have a chance. But pro-Gaddafi forces have captured positions in Brega centre making it difficult for the alliance to be effective in residential areas.
Euronews Reporter Mustafa Bag who was just 15 kilometres away from Brega said he rebels were prepared to move on further and go on hopefully to take Brega once and for all.