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Rebels run as smoke rises from a house hit during an airstrike Tuesday in the oil port of Ras Lanouf in eastern Libya. Warplanes kept up attacks to prevent the opposition from advancing toward leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold in the capital of Tripoli. (Associated Press)

Rebels run as smoke rises from a house hit during an airstrike Tuesday in the oil port of Ras Lanouf in eastern Libya. Warplanes kept up attacks to prevent the opposition from advancing toward leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold in the capital of Tripoli. (Associated Press)

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