Forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi have reportedly taken control of the strategic oil town of Ras Lanuf from the revolutionary forces.
The anti-government fighters had been in control of the eastern town of Ras Lanuf for the past days. Battles between the two sides are reportedly going on in the town.
The attack comes after Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, threatened Thursday that the regime is getting prepared for a full-scale military effort against revolutionary forces, even if the West intervenes.
On Thursday, Libyan war planes continued attacks on opposition-held oil town of Brega as well as the western town of Zawiyah, where regime forces have been locked in street battles with revolutionary fighters.
Western powers have been at odds over imposing a no-fly zone over Libya in order to prevent regime’s aerial strikes that have reportedly killed hundreds of people.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that Gaddafi must go, and urged the European Union to recognize Libyan transitional National Council.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said the alliance is ready for any possible military action in Libya if the plan is internationally supported. Agencies