Closed captioning of: Gadhafi strikes force rebels to regroup
this, of course, being driven by the events in the
's forces intensified their counterattacks now, including a new assault on an oil port held by rebels. nbc's
gosk went to that town today. she is back in benghazi tonight.
, i know you were out in it today.
good evening, brian. we did get a look at it today. you know, for the last week some of the fiercest fighting has been happening in two towns with key oil facilities. images of heavily armed rebels guarding
are not going to help the jitters. on the
, it's not the gunfire that worries the rebels, it's the
. again today
's russian-made warplane attacked opposition forces in the oil town of ras lanuf. the bombs either missed their targets or were being used to instill fear. in the last
has struck back with greater force and heavier
than ever before in this conflict, pushing rebels back and forcing them to regroup. fighters fled into staging areas like this one, looking for food, weapons, and some kind of direction. form units of ten, they're being told. make sure some in the group are armed. everyone is asked to write down their names. in the distance beyond the anti-aircraft guns, the ras lanuf
at a standstill because of the violence. this is the final staging ground before the
but these guys have their eyes on the sky as well. they have already been shelled this morning. the faintest sound of a plane overhead, the anti-aircraft guns fire wildly. this turned out to be a false alarm. rebel forces relying on the eastern city of benghazi for supplies say they will push all the way to tripoli, even through
's hometownf surt. but their steady push west came to a sudden halt on sunday when
's forces showed some of their true strength. many believe the libyan leader has been holding back an even more violent counterattack because he fears foreign military intervention. while his son warns of a nightmare scenario if the
libya may become the somalia of
, of the mediterranean. you'll see millions of illegal immigrants. the terror will be next to your door.
in ras lanuf, the rebels are undeterred, even though outgunned. wi or without the world's help they say they won't stop fighting until
is gone. the u.s. aassador said they are discussing a no-fly zone but downplard the importance of
saying up to this point it has not been the deciding factor in the unrest, brian.
gosk reporting on the combat there today.