The eastern Libyan oil town of Brega was retaken on Tuesday by Muammar Gaddafi's forces who have advanced steadily along the coast deep into rebel-held territory, a rebel told Reuters.
"We have lost Brega completely. We could not face Gaddafi's forces," said a rebel, who identified himself only as Nasser, in the town of Ajdabiyah further east which was also under attack.
One witness, Ahmed Mohammed, who was filling up his car with fuel on his way out of Ajdabiyah, said: "Gaddafi forces entered into the centre of Ajdabiyah that is when we were shot at."
The rear window of his car was shattered. "They shot through the window, the shot through the window," said one of two women in the back of the car, where there were also five children. The car had shattered glass scattered inside.