(*NOTE: This was translated using Google translate. This was taken from the Reuters arabic website. Link is here: http://ara.reuters.com/article/topNews/idARACAE7790Z020110810 *)
Near Brega (Libya) (Reuters) - A Libyan opposition said on Wednesday it is about control of the coastal town of Brega oil in what may be a critical step toward the reopening of the oil wealth and forcing Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to leave.
The field commander in the ranks of the opposition keys Faraj told Reuters near the front line, which passes through the sand dunes cover the peaks of low trees to the east of Brega that this town is where the most important for the oil industry.
It is a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea were observed artillery fire by the opposition forces, which are sent clouds of smoke and sand on the northern edge of town. Gaddafi's forces responded by firing rockets and artillery at times.
Keys and said that his men had sneaked into the town already for a short period and that he hoped to enter with full force on Thursday or Friday.
And help NATO warplanes to attack the opposition forces Gaddafi Brega on an almost daily basis, said keys that progress must be coordinated with NATO.
Following the opposition's control of the town would have to continue to creep westward, where the oil port is located 15 kilometers to the west of the town.
Keys and said that it is necessary to strengthen the opposition and the presence of its troops and then collected for the creeps to Misurata port controlled by the opposition in the West.
Libya member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC's third-largest oil producer in Africa and has the largest reserves in the continent. Libya was producing 1.6 million barrels per day before the outbreak of the Intifada on the rule of Gaddafi's 41-year-old in February.
Brega is one of the oil ports, which overlooks the sea without a job.