The once-hopeful, people-power based pro-democracy rebellion that began in Tunisia, and spread through Egypt and other nations is meeting crushing opposition from the brutal forces of dictator Muammar Gadafi’s armies as they shell and bombard civilian areas and spread outlandish lies about the rebellion.
(CNN) — The key Libyan city of Ajdabiya, the last major point between pro-government forces and the opposition stronghold of Benghazi, was slipping from the opposition’s hands Tuesday, witnesses reported.
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fired artillery into Ajdabiya and there were eyewitness reports of at least two airstrikes on the city. If Ajdabiya is retaken by pro-Gadhafi forces, it would give access to roads leading to the heart of the opposition’s base.
Opposition fighters in Ajdabiya returned fire with anti-aircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, but eventually had to pull back their defense positions. Gadhafi’s forces approached the city from the south and the west, witnesses said.
Libyian state television reported Tuesday evening that “Ajdabiya has been cleansed from mercenaries and terrorists connected to al Qaeda.”