Fighting between the Kadhafi and rebels forces continue in Brega and Misrata 0304112
Defense News - The conflict in Libya
Sunday, April 03, 2011, 1:54 PM
Fighting between the Kadhafi and rebels forces continue in Brega and Misrata.
A mortar attack by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi killed at least one person and wounded several others in Misurata early on Sunday morning. Misurata is Libya's third-largest city and the last major hold-out for opposition fighters in the west who have been resisting bombardment and attacks from Gaddafi's troops for weeks.
In the east, rebels said they had retaken Brega, a strategic village near an oil facility, but the opposition's advance appeared to be slow and uncertain, even after two weeks of intensive air strikes from the international military coalition enforcing UN Security Council resolution 1973, which is aimed at protecting Libya's civilians.
The fighting continues at Brega. Large explosions and machinegun fire was heard this morning. The revolutionaries said that better trained army units are now helping to fight against Gaddafi’s forces and have kept less experienced people from the battle.
Gaddafi’s forces have been bombarding the town of Yafran, 100km southwest of Tripoli, since yesterday. One citizen told Arabiya that residential areas have been attacked with Grad rockets.
Libyan rebels prepare to fire a rocket launcher at the front line outside Brega, Libya.
Libya’s rebel council named what it called a “crisis team” on Saturday, including a new armed forces head, which will administer parts of the country it holds in its struggle to topple Muammar Gaddafi.
The team headed by Mahmoud Jebril will take its direction from the transitional national council, which remains the top rebel political body, council spokesman Hafiz Ghoga told a news conference.
Omar Hariri is in charge of the military department, with General Abdel Fattah Younes al Abidi, a long serving officer in Gaddafi’s armed forces, as his chief of staff. Younes will be in charge of staff matters and field operations, Ghoga said.
Former Libyan Interior Minister Abdel Fattah Younes al Abidi, who was appointed head of the rebel forces after defecting, arrives at a checkpoint near the frontline, outside Brega in eastern Libya