RAS LANOUF, Libya (AP) - An opposition spokesman says Moammar Gadhafi's forces struck an oil pipeline and oil storage facility in battles with rebels in central Libya.
An Associated Press reporter near the front saw an explosion with a giant yellow fireball Wednesday from the area of the Sidr oil facility, 360 miles (580 kilometers) east of Tripoli. Three columns of thick smoke rose from the area, apparently from burning oil.
Mustafa Gheriani, an opposition spokesman, says government artillery hit a pipeline supplying Sidr from oil fields in the desert. He says an oil storage depot was also hit, apparently by an airstrike.
For the past week, government forces and rebels have been battling around several key oil ports east - Brega, Ras Lanouf and Sidr.