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Report: Gadhafi Forces Bombard East Libya Refinery

Friday, 11 Mar 2011 10:00 AM

Al Jazeera television reported on Friday that Moammar Gadhafi 's forces bombarded a refinery and residential areas in the eastern Libyan oil town of Ras Lanuf, the scene of fighting between rebels and government troops.

Al Jazeera showed its correspondent standing in the area of Ras Lanuf near where a large black column of smoke was billowing up around some storage tanks for an oil installation.

Al Arabiya also reported the town saw heavy aerial attacks.

Independent confirmation of the reports was not immediately possible.

Rebels earlier in the day had reported fighting in the town, saying it was focused on the residential district.

Contacted by Reuters in the early hours by telephone from Brega to the east, rebel fighter Ibrahim al-Alwani said he and comrades still in Ras Lanuf had seen government troops in the town centre.

"I saw maybe 150 men and three tanks," he said. "I can hear clashes."

Mohammed al-Mughrabi, who described himself as a spokesman for the rebels but declined to give his exact location, said government troops had landed by boat near the Fadeel hotel in Ras Lanuf, where clashes were in progress.

"Four boats carrying 40 to 50 men each landed there. We are fighting them right now," he said.

A fighter in Brega, who declined to be identified, said comrades in Ras Lanuf reported government forces had entered by boat and in tanks.

On Thursday, government warplanes and gunboats bombarded rebel positions in Ras Lanuf, more than 500 km (300 miles) east of Gadhafi's stronghold.

Rebels also reported an air strike on Brega, another oil port 90 km (50 miles) to the east, on Thursday.

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