Gunbattles are taking place between forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his opponents in the town of Zawiyah, 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, witnesses said on Thursday.
Two people who crossed into Tunisia after travelling through the town said there were people in civilian clothes running through the streets with guns, and the sound of heavy gunfire could be heard.
Zawiyah, on the Mediterranean coast, is on the main highway between the Tunisian border and the Libyan capital and is also the site of an oil terminal.
"I heard heavy gunfire in Zawiyah and people were running around in the streets with guns," said Hussein Ibrahim, an Egyptian carpenter, after crossing into Tunisia.
"Lots of people in civilian clothes are firing at each other. They seem to be pro-Gaddafi people and their enemies," said Mohamed Jaber, who also passed through Zawiyah on his way to Tunisia on Thursday.
"It is chaotic there. There are people with guns and swords," he said.
ReutersLast Mod: 24 Şubat 2011, 16:06