The city of Ajdabiya, located in the northeastern part of Libya, has been a key flashpoint in the 2011 Libyan uprising.

The alleged assassination of protestors by pro-government snipers in mid-February fueled the rebels’ resolve. Shortly after, they took control of the city from Gaddafi.

In mid-March, however, pro-Gaddafi forces pushed back with heavy weaponry and retook the city. From there, they eyed the nearby rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

Then, in late March, the United Nations stepped in on the side of the rebels. They authorized airstrikes against pro-Gaddafi weaponry in Ajdabiya, forcing his forces to retreat and allowing the rebels retake the city.

In the midst of all the conflict, many residents of Ajdabiya have long fled the city.

Below are photos of Ajdabiya, now in rebel hands, showing marks of the recent heavy fighting and bombing.