There has been celebratory gunfire over Benghazi following follows reports that Libyan rebels have captured Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte.
There is no independent confirmation of the claim but Western journalists there say it is quiet in the city. Rebel forces have pushed west to retake a series of key towns from pro-Gaddafi troops who are being pounded by Western coalition air strikes.
A week ago, it looked like the end was approaching for the rebels, but there now appears to be a dramatic reversal of fortune occurring with the rebels regaining control of the main eastern oil terminals such as Ras Lanuf and Tobruk.
However in besieged Misrata – the only western city in rebel hands – at least eight people are reported to have been killed after a fierce day of fighting. It is believed Gaddafi is now re-grouping his forces in his stronghold of Tripoli.
Our correspondent, Mustafa Bag, who has been on the road with rebels just outside Ajdabiya said: “There’ve been clashes for two weeks but with pro-Gaddafi forces now pushed back, local people have been coming out in droves to see the scenes of battle. While some have taken pictures as souvenirs, others are taking vehicle parts to sell.”