AJDABIYAH - Libyan rebels took position 40 km (25 miles) west of the strategic town of Ajdabiyah on Tuesday after clashes with Muammar Gaddafi's forces that left at least three dead, rebel fighters said.
The bodies of three rebels were brought to the hospital in Ajdabiyah on Tuesday morning, a Reuters correspondent said.
Alaa Abdeljalil, a 35-year-old rebel fighter, said they were killed by a Gaddafi rocket between Ajdabiyah and the oil town of Brega on Monday evening but their bodies could be retrieved only the following morning.
There were no signs of more fighting on Tuesday in the desert west of Ajdabiyah. Rebels said they had heard an air strike by NATO forces overnight, but could provide no details.
A group of rebels were gathered at the small outpost of al-Arbaeen, which sits about half way to Brega, said a rebel at a checkpoint who declined to give his name.
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