Gaddafi forces enter key oil port, battle rebels

March 11, 2011 07:25

BREGA, Libya - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi entered the oil port of Ras Lanuf in the east of the country and fought insurgents for control of the town, rebels said on Friday.

Contacted by Reuters in the early hours by telephone from Brega to the east, rebel fighter Ibrahim al-Alwani said he and comrades still in Ras Lanuf had seen government troops in the center of the town.

"I saw maybe 150 men and three tanks," he said "I can hear clashes."

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