BENGHAZI, Libya — Colonel Muammar el-Gadhafi’s troops started to fight back on three fronts on Monday; they were using fighter jets, special forces units and regular army forces in an escalation of fights that sent Libya closer to civil war.
The attacks by the Gadhafi’s forces on an oil refinery in parts of Libya and on cities on both side of the country unsettled rebel commanders — who earlier had declared they were getting close to free the country — and showed that regardless of uneficiencly by the military, the government still controls powerful assets, which include fighter pilots willing to throw bombs Libyan cities
Street fights continiued in Misurata and Zawiyah, two important, key cities near Tripoli, the nation’s capital and main stronghold of the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Gadhafi.
In Zawiyah, a city with major oil resources just 50 km from Tripoli, residents said about 200 heavily armed troopers in uniforms approached from the east early in the morning. They were rebuffed approximatly around 4:30 in the afternoon they tried to break through barricades at the towns entrances where they came under heavy fire.