Closed captioning of: Gadhafi forcefully strikes back at rebels
now we turn to news overseas in an effort to form a
. it's been a wild
has made it clear he's not going without a fight and there was some fierce fights overnight as he tried to take back parts of eastern libya from the rebels who took it from him. this was his first offensive against the fighters holding that part of the country, which by the way, is where the oil is and his forces tried to move in on two key towns. we have the story covered tonight with our team on the ground in the region. we want to begin with nbc's
goss. she's in benghazi, the unofficial operating base for the anti-
, good evening.
good evening, brian.
wasn't looking to retake a town. he was going after the oil.
is one of the most important oil ports in the country, the
worked, at first. today
struck back at the rebels in the east. this
claims to show the raging battle in
. militia forces moved in at dawn with suvs and mounted machine guns. one opposition fighter in the small oil town described a massacre.
a terrible situation. we went there nearly hundreds, just maybe 20 got back and returned alive.
was followed by
, repeatedly hitting a weapons depot in a nearby town. while injuries from the gun battle filled the local hospital, this 6-year-old boy was caught in the
it's a massacre right now. it's a massacre.
but these aren't peaceful protesters. this is a rebel
, disorganized, inexperienced and heavily armed. when news came that
had been attacked, they rushed to the fight and pushed back
's militia. many signed up in the town of benghazi which has become the rebel capital of the east. we will win or we will die, this man says. the difficult part will be harnessing that energy and using it it create an effective
. there have been 5,000 people that have been scripted so far. most have never served in the military and never fired a gun. formal
have started the training while munitions are stockpiled around town and weapons are tested. on the streets, demonstrations continue with defiance and in an open contempt of
that was once unthinkable.