UPDATE 2-Rebels, Gaddafi forces skirmish over "ghost town"

Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:34pm GMT
 

* Rebel describes Ras Lanuf as "ghost town"

* Rebels massed on east, Gaddafi's forces on west

* Rebels say Gaddafi forces hit refinery, govt denies

* Second oil installation in east Libya hit in week

(Updates with rebels saying no one in full control)

By Alexander Dziadosz

ROAD TO RAS LANUF, Libya, March 11 (Reuters) - Rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi skirmished in Ras Lanuf on Friday night but neither side was in full control of the largely deserted eastern Libyan oil town, rebel fighters said.

Government forces launched a fierce land, sea and air attack to retake the town, the site of a major oil terminal where rebels said storage tanks of a state-owned refinery were hit by a Gaddafi air strike. The government denied hitting the plant.

It was the second time this week an oil installation was hit. Rebels blamed government forces for another air strike that destroyed storage tanks and other facilities at Es Sider further along the coastal stretch where fighting has raged.   Continued...

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