Libyan warplanes have launched two new airstrikes near rebel positions in the oil port of Ras Lanouf, keeping up a counteroffensive to prevent the opposition from advancing towards the capital Tripoli.
There was no immediate word on casualties, and an Associated Press reporter who witnessed the strikes on Tuesday said they did not appear to hit any fighters.
On another front, a witness says Moammar Qadhafi loyalists have recaptured Zawiya, the city closest to Tripoli that had fallen into opposition hands. The witness, speaking to the AP by phone, said Qadhafi's tanks and fighting vehicles were roaming the city 30 miles west of Tripoli and firing randomly at homes. The witness spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared reprisal.