Rebels say hit by Gaddafi forces east of Sirte

RAS LANUF, Libya - Forces loyal to Libyanleader Muammar Gaddafi attacked rebels on Sunday in Bin Jawad, atown between rebel-held Ras Lanuf and Sirte on the coast, rebelfighters said.

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

Other rebel fighters in Ras Lanuf said they had receivednews of the attack by phone from the frontline. "People tell usin Bin Jawad there are Gaddafi forces. Some rebels have been hitby 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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