Strike targets Libya rebels

2011-03-12 17:31
Uqayla - A pro-Gaddafi warplane struck on Saturday near the frontline east of Ras Lanuf on Saturday, but missed the Libyan rebels it was targeting, an AFP correspondent reported.

Thick smoke rose near a rebel-held checkpoint in the frontline village of Uqayla, on the east-west coastal road between Brega and Ras Lanuf, the AFP correspondent witnessed.

After the strike, dozens of cars carrying rebels fled towards Brega.

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi, told Italian newspapers published on Saturday he was confident government troops would defeat rebels, adding they had already retaken control over "90% of the country".

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