3 rockets strike Ajdabiya, no casualties

2011-05-12 14:00

Ajdabiya - At least three rockets struck the strategic rebel-held crossroads town of Ajdabiya in eastern Libya on Thursday but no casualties were reported, residents and a medic told AFP.

The first hit a house in an eastern neighbourhood of the town shortly before 06:00 (04:00 GMT), residents said.

"The rocket came through the roof of the kitchen. We were sleeping but were not injured," said Mohamed Awad, pointing to the debris littering the ground.

A second rocket struck near a rubbish heap and a third partly destroyed two cars in the same neighbourhood.

It was not possible to determine where the rockets had been fired from.

Doctor Ahmed Al-Ignashi, head of Ajdabiya ambulance services, confirmed the rocket attacks. "They did not cause any casualties," he said.

Ajdabiya, 160km south of the rebel bastion of Benghazi, has been under rebel control for several weeks now, but there is continuing fighting with government forces who hold the oil town of Brega, 80km to the west.

For several days, the rebels have been positioned 20km west of Ajdabiya, while Muammar Gaddafi’s forces are 20km further west.

On Monday, six rebels were killed in heavy fighting between the two towns and on Wednesday, a small loyalist force conducted a raid 6km from Ajdabiya, killing one and wounding two.