Libyan warplanes strike rebel-held oil port

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AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) — Witnesses say Libyan warplanes have struck the rebel-held oil port in the eastern town of Brega.

The area was the site of a fierce battle Wednesday between leader Moammar Gadhafi’s loyalists who tried to retake control of the strategic oil installation and armed rebels who repelled the attack after hours of fighting.

In the nearby town of Ajdabiya, morgue officials said the death toll from the fighting rose to 14 on Thursday.

The witnesses could not identify the target of the Thursday airstrike, but it was likely an airstrip that belongs to the huge oil complex.