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Rebels closer to taking over two Gaddafi strongholds

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Rebels closer to taking over two Gaddafi strongholds


There are conflicting views on how the loyalist stronghold of Bani Walid in Libya will be tackled. The Transitional National Council say they have reached an agreement with the tribal chiefs in the town still loyal to former leader Muammar Gaddafi. However, the council has not decided on whether to use force, with one spokesman stating the handover would be peaceful.

NTC Chief Negotiator Abdullah Kinshil said: “We are waiting for the decision from the NTC council. They said yes, they agree with us and we are just waiting for the order to go to Bani Walid.”

It is estimated that up to 120 pro-Gaddafi fighters are still in Bani Walid, one of the four places holding out, including Sirte, which is Gaddafi’s home city.

Rebel forces are moving closer to Sirte with fighting taking place at Umm Khanfis, 60 kilometres to the east. The opposition fighters are a mixed group from the Benghazi Martyrs Brigade, the Free Libya Brigade and the Liberation Army.

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