The new Libyan government has given the Gaddafi rebels in Sirte and in other pockets of resistance four days to give themselves up peacefully, or they will be attacked.
The NTC said it is not negotiating with Gaddafi loyalists but with tribal and local leaders in a bid to avoid a costly assault on Gaddafi’s home city.
But time is running out warned the NTC’s military spokesman Ahmed Bani: “We are still hoping that there will be a good proposal shortly before Saturday. We confirm our backing for peaceful efforts and a peaceful solution to stop any more bloodshed on both sides in the conflict. Despite this, we confirm that we are ready for military action.”
Sirte is vital as it controls much of Tripoli’s water supply and there are reports it has cut two-thirds of it. The other main pockets of resistance are in Bani Walid and Sabha in the south.