Middle East

April 9, 2011

Another rebel setback as Gadhafi troops besiege Ajdabiya

Rebels who swept in to defend Ajdabiya, 100 miles from the opposition capital of Benghazi, were hit by fire from pro-Gadhafi snipers and a rain of artillery shells. Street battles raged for hours inside the town, which was largely empty of unarmed civilians. The battle appeared to show a rebel movement hanging by a thread, surprised when Gadhafi's fighters arrived in about 30 4 X 4 pickup trucks.

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