Libyan families flee east from Ajdabiyah

CAIRO (Reuters) – Libyan families fled the eastern town of Ajdabiyah toward the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Wednesday as attacks by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces prompted a panicked retreat by rebel fighters, a Reuters witness said.

The road out of Ajdabiyah was packed with cars carrying families and their belongings, said correspondent Alexander Dziadosz.

An artillery offensive by troops loyal to Gaddafi routed the rebels east of Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, who dashed back over territory as quickly as they had taken it, ceding oil towns as the Libyan leader’s troops advanced.

(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; Writing by Tom Pfeiffer; Editing by Philippa Fletcher)

Libyan families flee east from Ajdabiyah