Forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi continue a large-scale military offensive against revolutionary fighters in the country’s east.
Gaddafi’s troops carried out airstrikes on the oil-producing towns of Ras Lanuf and Brega on Saturday.
Latest reports suggest the frontline of revolutionary fighters has moved back 20 kilometers from the outskirts of Ras Lanuf following intensive air raids.
The revolutionary fighters are battling to keep control of the city.
Pro- and anti-regime forces are locked in intense fighting for the control of several other cities along the coastline to the east of the capital Tripoli.
Meanwhile, the Arab League’s Secretary General, Amr Mussa, backed the creation of a no-fly zone. A no-fly zone can prevent Gaddafi’s warplanes from striking opposition positions.
“The United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union, the Europeans — everyone should participate,” German weekly Der Spiegel has quoted Mussa as saying.
Libya’s interim Transitional National Council has called on the league to officially recognize the Benghazi-based body.
The 30-member body was established in the city by revolutionary forces following the liberation of several eastern cities.
The council, headed by Libya’s former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, plans to lead the country to an election.
Jalil was among the first high-profile Libyan figures to join protesters following the Gaddafi regime’s brutal crackdown on the opposition.
Colonel Gaddafi has been in power since a 1969 military coup.
Latest reports from Libya indicate thousands may have been killed or injured as the government crackdown escalates. Agencies