Gadhafi Forces Shell Eastern City of Ajdabiya

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Troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are shelling the rebel-held city of Ajdabiya, a strategic eastern town that has been the scene of intense fighting in recent weeks.

Libyan rebel fighters load a truck with ammunition on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, Libya, Saturday, April 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) — Troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are shelling the rebel-held city of Ajdabiya, a strategic eastern town that has been the scene of intense fighting in recent weeks.

The government bombardment of Ajdabiya on Sunday marks a setback for the rebels, coming a day after rebel forces battled Gadhafi's troops on the outskirts of the oil town of Brega, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) to the west.

A Libyan rebel fighter takes target practice with a heavy machine gun on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, Libya, Saturday, April 16, 2011.

Dozens of vehicles, some of them rebel trucks with heavy machine guns mounted in the back, could be seen fleeing Ajdabiya north toward the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

AP