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Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi enters the Rixos Hotel. He was expected to speak with a select group of journalists gathered there.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Rebel lookouts scan the sky for enemy aircraft over Ras Lanuf, a center for oil production west of Benghazi, which was bombed Tuesday by forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Rebel reinforcements arrive.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Rebels pray at the gate to port town.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

The city, west of Bernghazi, has become a virtual ghost town as it sits at the front lines of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A rebel fighter guards the oil refinery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Anti-aircraft rounds sit on the roof of a pickup truck.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Libyan rebels run for cover as an air force jet flying overhead drops a bomb on the outskirts of the oil-rich town of Ras Lanuf.


Forces fighting Moammar Kadafi take cover as their position is bombed.


Libyan rebels flee during bombing by the Libyan air force. They have been in retreat, fighting to hold an important oil complex as Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's aircraft scatters them with strafing runs.


Rebels load ammunition into an anti-aircraft gun as Libyan fighter jets fly overhead at the entrance to Ras Lanuf.


Tuesday brought constant bombardment.


A rebel fires on government jets. Momentum that rebels may have mustered from two quick battlefield successes was gone by Tuesday. Inexperience and seat-of-the-pants combat, as well as a premature all-day celebration Saturday, gave Kadafi's forces an opening to fight back.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Malla / Associated Press

Medical personnel transport an injured rebel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Malla / Associated Press

Rebels prepare anti-aircraft munitions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Malla / Associated Press

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Libyan air force bombs rebels near Ras Lanuf

Rebel fighters took cover as their position was bombed by fighters from the Libyan air force during a day of constant bombardment near Ras Lanuf. By midafternoon Tuesday, the position had been attacked four times with seven bombs.

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1 Comment

  1. March 10, 2011, 4:22 am

    Don’t worry, China is deploying SF to help out the rebels. China have so much invest in oil, we (Chinese) people will not Kadafi get away with it.

    By: Moa

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