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article imageGaddafi troops recapture Brega

By Adeline Yuboco     Mar 13, 2011 in World
Benghazi - Supporters and troops of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had gained another victory after recapturing the oil-rich town of Brega located on the eastern region of Libya on Sunday.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, forces loyal to Gaddafi advanced swiftly towards the loosely organized rebels stationed there. The rebels proved to have been of no match to Gaddafi's forces who barraged them with a rain of rockets and artillery fire.
"They shot 40 to 60 rockets at the same time," Suliman Refadi—a doctor fleeing Brega hospital—told reporters. "The sky was raining with rockets, with shrapnel. There was heavy artillery. Then they advanced."
Refadi said that the onslaught left many civilians dead and severely injured, including a seven-year-old boy who lost part of his skull and brain as a result of the heavy bombardment brought about by Gaddafi's troops.
Hundreds of rebels fled the town onboard pick-up trucks and saloon cars, with many of them appearing to be close to a state of panic as they headed towards the town of Ajdabiya located 80 kilometers away from Brega, and considered to be the gateway to the rebel-controlled cities of Benghazi and Tobruk.
This is the latest in a string of setbacks experienced by the rebel army who had lost control of the eastern part of the country. On Saturday, seized control of the strategic oil town of Ras Lanouf. Pro-Gaddafi forces also ambushed the city of Benghazi, where Al Jazeera cameraman Ali Hassan Al Jaber and two others were killed after unknown armed men opened fire on the car they were traveling.
Meanwhile, reports from the town of Misrata—the last major rebel base located on the western side of Libya—said that Gaddafi's troops have made their way into the outskirts of the town. One resident from Misrata, who requested to remain anonymous, said that sounds of tank and anti-aircraft fire can be heard nearby.
"It's not a very good situation at the moment," Tony Birtley told Al Jazeera. "We have to remember that this is not an organized army. This is a group of teachers, engineers, street cleaners [and] people who have had no association with weapons whatsoever. And now they are coming up against very strong, well-equipped forces. [We] are seeing a lot of casualties. Basically, if it is not sorted out soon, then those casualty figures are going to go up and up and up."
Earlier, the rebels sought the assistance of the Arab League to impose a "No-Fly Zone" policy over the country of Libya in order to prevent air strikes to be carried out by Gaddafi and his troops. The Arab League has already proposed the policy at the U. N. Security Council. While the United States, UK and France have stated their support to the policy, it remains to be opposed by Russia and China.
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