CAIRO, March 17 (Reuters) - At least 30 women, children and elderly men have been killed in crossfire as Libyan rebels and Muammar Gaddafi's troops fight around the eastern town of Ajdabiyah, Al Arabiya TV reported on Thursday.
The rebels have been trying to halt a push towards the insurgent capital of Benghazi by Gaddafi's troops, who have surrounded Ajdabiyah, 150 km (90 miles) south of Benghazi on the Gulf of Sirte, an eyewitness said.
"I was at the hospital and saw 30 dead women, children and elderly men. They were all civilians, not rebels," Abdel Bari Zewi, a witness, was quoted as saying.
Zewi said there were around 100 wounded in the hospital.
"Gaddafi's forces have surrounded Ajdabiyah from all directions and there are fierce battles between rebels and Gaddafi's brigades at the eastern and southern directions". (Writing by Marwa Awad; editing by Tim Pearce)