Libyan rebels regain ground near oil port

April 6, 2011 19:12


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AL-ARBAEEN, Libya - Libyan rebels pushed back towards the contested oil port of Brega on Wednesday, regaining mostly desert territory lost to Muammar Gaddafi's army the day before.

At the tiny outpost of al-Arbaeen, half way between Brega and rebel stronghold Ajdabiyah, on the Mediterranean coastal road, rebels returning from the front reported rocket duels close to the port.

The rebels had clearly made ground after retreating at least 40 km on Tuesday but it was impossible to verify accounts that they were back close to sparsely populated Brega, which sprawls across about 25 km (15 miles).

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