June 6, 2011 / 1:02 PM / 8 years ago

Gaddafi forces shell rebel-held east Libya town

Smoke rises from a shoe warehouse after it was hit by Grad rockets near Misrata's western front line, some 25 kilometers from the city centre June 6, 2011. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces fired rockets into the rebel-held east Libyan town of Ajdabiyah on Monday and clashes broke out on the main road further west, two rebel military sources said.

“Four Grad rockets hit Ajdabiyah today,” rebel spokesman Ahmed Bani said. It was not immediately clear if there were casualties.

A second rebel military source said there was fighting at a checkpoint near the front line 18 kilometers (11.18 miles) outside Ajdabiyah.

Gaddafi’s troops and the eastern rebels have been locked in stalemate for weeks, with neither side able to hold territory on a stretch of road between Ajdabiyah and the Gaddafi-held oil town of Brega further west.

Reporting by Sherine El Madany; Editing by Louise Ireland

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