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Bani Walid trembles as NTC celebates victory

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Bani Walid trembles as NTC celebates victory

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One down, one to go. After weeks of resistance Bani Walid has fallen to forces of the new Libyan government, the smaller of two towns that held out for Muammar Gaddafi.

Now only Sirte remains defiant, but the bitter fighting here is over, and the National Transitional Council has control. None of the Warfalla locals are celebrating on the streets. This is Gaddafi’s tribal homeland, Libya’s biggest with around a million of the six million-strong population.

The Gaddafi diehards’ last stronghold, Sirte, continues the struggle.

The NTC’s intitial push into the city has stalled as streets are exchanged in a shifting battle of cat and mouse while rockets, artillery and mortars blaze away. NTC forces have reportedly fired on each other in the confusion.

One doctor trying to cope at an overstretched hospital said he feared 10,000 civilians were trapped in the mayhem without food, power or water supplies.