Libyan rebels successfully fought off an attack of government loyalist's artillery and war planes on Wednesday after the rebels gained control of a coastal oil facility.
The attack happened on the port of Brega and was the first major attack on the eastern half of Libya.
Six people were confirmed dead and 16 were injured. The death toll is expected to rise, the New York Times reported.
Muammar Qaddafi said that the government still has control over the oil fields although the rebels drove them away, Bloomberg reported.
Qaddafi referred to the rebels as terrorists and said loyalists would not back down in their fight.