Libya’s new rulers have launched an all-out effort to finish off the last pockets of pro-Gaddafi resistance.
Hundreds of fighters of Libya’s new interim government have entered the city of Bani Walid, ending a stalemate that has gone on for weeks. Explosions and gunfire have been heard, and resistance from Gaddafi loyalists appears to be stiff.
The National Transitional Council fighters are also moving more heavy fire power towards the city of Sirte, the birthplace of the ousted dictator. A convoy of tanks and heavy machine guns has been seen approaching the city, while the airport has reportedly been captured by NTC troops. NATO planes have been also been spotted overhead.
There has been a tense stand-off around both cities, with the Gaddafi loyalists refusing to surrender, despite several deadlines to do so.
What is proving to be complicated for the interim government is the danger of civilians becoming caught up in the fighting.