One of the last strongholds of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is coming under renewed attack from the forces of the new National Transitional Council. Over the weekend, the interim government’s fighters pushed towards Sirte, before withdrawing on Sunday to allow NATO airstrikes to pave the way.
Sirte is located between the capital, Tripoli, and the eastern city of Benghazi, both of which are now controlled by the transitional government.
Fighters representing the new government are making less headway with the other Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid in western Libya, where the loyalists stubbornly cling on, managing to repel repeated attacks. In preparation for a fresh assault, NTC military forces have brought forward tanks and rocket launchers to the north of the city.
It is being speculated that Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam may be in Bani Walid, leading the resistance.
Military analysts have also commented that the hilly geography of Bani Walid is making it hard for the government’s forces to launch a successful attack.