Libyans flee the battle for Bani Walid

Libyans flee the battle for Bani Walid
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People of all ages are fleeing the battle for Bani Walid.

Many have described intense fighting in the streets, with NATO jets screaming overhead.

Bani Walid is one of two strongholds that remain loyal to ousted leader Muammar Gadaffi. Libya’s interim leaders say the country won’t be fully “liberated” until they have control of towns held by Gaddafi loyalists.

Of Gaddafi himself, there is no confirmed news. However, one of his sons has turned up in neighbouring Niger. Officials say Saadi Gaddafi has been accepted on humanitarian grounds.

Meanwhile, fighters have shown what they claim are cruise missiles hidden by the Gaddafi forces on the outskirts of Tripoli. They say their fear is that Gaddafi’s fighters will come back to claim them.

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