Frightened residents are fleeing Brega as pro-democracy rebels battle government forces for control of the town.

"I was afraid that rockets would hit our houses and we wouldn't find anyone to bury us - we are going to escape to the desert," one resident told Al Jazeera.

Rebels have mounted rocket launchers on pickup trucks as they attempt to reclaim the town, but Gaddafi loyalists have left tripwires and landmines in their path.

Al Jazeera's Sue Turton reports from Brega.

Source: Al Jazeera