Libyan rebels on Saturday March 26, 2011, that they have retaken the eastern city Ajdabiya 2603113
Defense News - The conflict in Libya
Saturday, March 26, 2011, 02:02 PM
Libyan rebels said on Saturday March 26, 2011, that they have retaken the eastern town of Ajdabiya
Libyan rebels said on Saturday March 26, 2011, that they have retaken the eastern town of Ajdabiya. The town is strategically important as it is in one of Libya’s key oil-producing areas.
Libyan Opposition fighters celebrate on Saturday, March 26,2011, after seizing control of the city of Ajdabiya overnight
Insurgents have been celebrating amid the ruins of tanks and artillery pieces left behind after air strikes. Gaddafi loyalists seized the town last week as they advanced east to quell an uprising which began in mid-February.
Gadhafi's forces have withdrawn from Ajdabiya, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said shortly after rebels touted victory in Ajdabiya, considered a gateway to Libya's oil fields and a key stopping point on route to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
Opposition fighters took control of Ajdabiya overnight after coalition fighter jets again bombed Libyan tanks that have been entrenched at the city's northern and western gates for days, opposition spokesman Jalal al-Gallal said.
At the northern entrance, damaged tanks lay strewn across the rolling desert. The buildings around the city entrances were riddled with bullet holes.