Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces fired a scud missile for the first time since the uprising against his rule began six months ago, but it landed in the desert and injured no one.
The missile was fired on Sunday morning from a location about 80km east of Sirte, Gaddafi's home town, and landed east of the coastal oil town of
The oil port of Brega has been the main front line in the east of the country for months. Rebels have seized the port's eastern residential areas since last week, but Gaddafi's forces still control its oil terminal, refinery and port.
And as Al Jazeera's Tony Birtley reports from the city, there are several reasons why it is an important prize for the opposition.