Libyan rebels capture airport connecting loyalist strongholds

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Libyan rebels capture airport connecting loyalist strongholds

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Bani Walid is becoming more isolated, as rebel forces seize an airport which had been used to connect the Libyan town with another loyalist stronghold, Sirte.

Bani Walid is one of four places holding out with leaders and fighters still loyal to deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi. A new September tenth deadline has been set for all Gaddafi loyalists to lay down their arms. Libya’s National Transitional Council says it is still trying to persuade tribal leaders in Bani Walid to surrender.

Opposition forces have taken the military airport in Namwha, which is about 20 kilometres from Bani Walid and the last check point on the way there.

euronews reporter Mustafa Bağ said the airport was strategically important:

“Right now, I’m at Namwha airport located to the east of Bani Walid. This airport was used by Gaddafi forces to transport logistics between Sirte and Bani Walid. Since this military airport was taken by the opposition forces, the connection between the two cities has been cut.”