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Libyan rebels recapture eastern town of Ajdabiyah

Libyan rebels recapture eastern town of Ajdabiyah
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First Published: Sat, Mar 26 2011. 04 29 PM IST
Updated: Sat, Mar 26 2011. 04 29 PM IST
Ajdabiyah: Libyan rebel fighters recaptured Ajdabiyah on Saturday after an all-night battle, but Moammar Gadhafi’s forces were still at the strategic eastern town’s western gate, rebels said.
“Everything was destroyed last night by our forces,” said rebel fighter Sarhag Agouri.
“Ajdabiyah is a ghost town. Now there are only dead bodies and families who don’t know what to do. We are in the town but they still have the other gate,” he said.
He said that the rebels attacked Gadhafi’s forces at the eastern gate and were fighting all night.
On Saturday morning the debris of the battle was scattered around the eastern gate. Four destroyed Gadhafi tanks, ammunition boxes, and empty shell cases and boxes were scattered over the sand dunes a witness said.
In the town centre, deserted except for a few residents emerging from their houses, rebel fighters were racing around in pick-up trucks firing into the air in celebration but there was no sound of fighting, he said.
Ahmed Mohammed, a 21-year-old student, said he heard fighting from 6 p.m. on Friday until 2 a.m. local time. He and his family had not been able to leave Ajdabiyah.
“We couldn’t get away. It was very difficult. We only had a little to eat,” said Mohammed.
Asked how the people of Adjabiyah had been treated by Gadhafi’s security forces, he said: “They went into houses and took people away.”
Many families have fled the fighting in Ajdabiyah.
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First Published: Sat, Mar 26 2011. 04 29 PM IST