AJDABIYAH - Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi clashed with Libyan rebels in the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiyah on Sunday, rebel fighters said.
A Reuters witness at Ajdabiyah's eastern gate heard shooting and artillery fire and saw plumes of black smoke, suggesting Gaddafi's forces had pushed towards the center of the town that is a gateway to the rebel-held east.
"There is resistance inside the city. Gaddafi forces are fighting with rebels. They have a presence inside," said a rebel at a checkpoint on the eastern edge of Ajdabiyah.