It is a waiting game outside the Libyan town of Bani Walid, as those loyal to deposed leader, Muammar Gaddafi, refuse to surrender. Rebel forces have surrounded the town. Earlier on Sunday, negotiations aimed at avoiding a military assault collapsed after tribal leaders met with the interim government to hold talks, prompted by a deadline to surrender or face an attack.
euronews reporter, Mustafa Bag, who is outside the town at the Estada Bridge said: “The opposition forces are on hold. They’re waiting for any response by Gaddafi’s supporters. Then will know whether or not they’ll need to fight to take the city.”
Bani Walid, south-east of the capital Tripoli, is one of four places still controlled by Gaddafi’s forces, including Sirte.
According to a commander from the National Transitional Council, there could be as many as 100 pro-Gaddafi troops in Bani Walid prepared to fight on.
After the talks, chief NTC negotiator Abdullah Kanshil said: “I don’t have anything to offer right now, and I hope those brigades in Bani Walid leave soon. From my side, the negotiations are finished.“
With the earlier deadline passing, the interim leadership is still hoping to avoid bloodshed by announcing a temporary truce until September 10 for loyalist forces in Bani Walid and Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte to lay down their arms.