Libya Launches New Air Strikes on Rebels

Published on Friday 4th March 2011

Libyan forces carried out air strikes for a third day Friday, targeting a military base near the rebel-held town of Ajdabiya.Rebels holding the base say there was no damage from the strikes.Anti-government protests are expected in the capital, Tripoli, Friday after noon prayers, in the continued effort to get leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down.  Residents in the capital, Tripoli, report constant surveillance, searches by armed militiamen and disappearances of those involved in the now-weekly protests.On Thursday, Libyan warplanes launched strikes against the rebel-held city of Brega, a key oil port.  Witnesses said the strikes targeted the city's airport, near the oil refinery. Last Friday, thousands of opposition protesters amassed in cities including Benghazi, part of eastern Libya controlled by anti-Gadhafi forces. Libya's unrest follows waves of demonstrations in other Middle Eastern and North African countries in recent weeks. Anti-government demonstrations have forced the long-time leaders of Tunisia and Egypt to step down.  But Gadhafi has refused to budge, and the conflict in Libya has escalated.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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