Rebels say hit by Gaddafi forces east of Sirte

March 6, 2011 10:59

RAS LANUF, Libya - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi attacked rebels on Sunday in Bin Jawad, a town between rebel-held Ras Lanuf and Sirte on the coast, rebel fighters said.

One fighter, returning wounded from the frontline town, said the Gaddafi loyalists had attacked with machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). Asked what he had seen, he replied: "Death." Distraught, he would not say any more.

Other rebel fighters in Ras Lanuf said they had received news of the attack by phone from the frontline. "People tell us in Bin Jawad there are Gaddafi forces. Some rebels have been hit by snipers," Khamis al-Libi, a rebel fighter, said. "They have RPGs, and machineguns," added Mansour Mayloud, another fighter. "There's been an attack on Bin Jawad."

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