TOBRUK, Libya (AP) - A senior hospital official tells The Associated Press that 30 people have been killed since Tuesday night in fighting for the gateway to rebel-held territory.
Libya's opposition battled to keep Moammar Gadhafi's forces at the city of Ajdabiya on Thursday, hoping for help from the U.N. Security Council before his tanks and troops break through.
The official said at least 80 were hurt and hospitalized and many more of the wounded couldn't reach the hospital. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of official retaliation.
Gadhafi's rapid advance on the rebels appears to have spurred the United States to leave behind weeks of doubts about a no-fly zone in Libya, and start pushing for broader U.N. authorization for international air, sea and land forces.