Libyan warplanes strike rebels at oil port

Anti-Gadhafi rebels run away as smoke rises following an air strike by Libyan warplanes near a checkpoint of the anti-Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi rebels, in the oil town of Ras Lanouf, eastern Libya, Monday, March 7, 2011. Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have launched an airstrike against a rebel position in a key oil port. There were no casualties in the Monday morning attack in Ras Lanouf. Libyan rebels say they are regrouping after forces loyal to Gadhafi pounded opposition fighters with helicopter gunships, artillery and rockets on Sunday to stop the rebels' rapid advance toward the capital. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

March 8, 2011 8:42:42 AM PST
Libyan warplanes have launched two new airstrikes near rebel positions in the oil port of Ras Lanouf, keeping up a counteroffensive to prevent the opposition from advancing toward the capital Tripoli.

There was no immediate word on casualties, and an Associated Press reporter who witnessed the strikes on Tuesday said they did not appear to hit any fighters.

On another front, a witness says Moammar Gadhafi loyalists have recaptured Zawiya, the city closest to Tripoli that had fallen into opposition hands. The witness, speaking to the AP by phone, said Gadhafi's tanks and fighting vehicles were roaming the city 30 miles west of Tripoli and firing randomly at homes. The witness spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared reprisal.