Rebels ready to attack Libyan Gaddafi's stronghold

Rebels ready to attack Libyan Gaddafi's stronghold

Banī Walīd : Libya | Sep 04, 2011 at 11:39 AM PDT
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Talking with two Gaddafi Loyalists in Libya

The former leader and staunch allies have been running since the fall of the capital late last month

Insurgents preparing to attack Libyan one of the last bastions of Moammar Gadhafi, but rebel spokesman said Sunday that he expects the town's tribal leaders to surrender rather than see their divided followers fight each other.

The insurgents control most of Libya and progress towards establishing a new government, but may not be forced to declare total victory until Gaddafi is apprehended and its remaining strongholds are defeated completely.

The former leader and staunch allies have been running since the fall of the capital late last month. Forces loyal to the regime have been entrenched in several villages, including the besieged city of Bani Walid, approximately 140 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Tripoli.

Colonel Ahmed Bani, rebel military spokesman, said in Benghazi that members of the tribe that dominates Bani Walid and is the largest in Libya, Warfala are divided on whether to join the insurgency. He trusted to surrender peacefully Warfala to avoid fighting each other.

"After all surrender because they are cousins ​​and do not want to spill the blood of others," he said.

Added that Bani Walid Bani residents have told the rebels that a son of Gaddafi, Seif al-Islam, had fled to Bani Walid shortly after Tripoli fell, but left recently because he feared the villagers to hand him over to insurgents.

Ever thought that Seif al-Islam Gaddafi relieve his father in power. An international court charged him with his father for crimes against humanity in his attempt to quell the rebellion broke out in February.

Last week, a man who identified himself as Seif al-Islam Qaddafi had a warrant from the underground which was broadcast by a television station based in Syria, calling on his father's followers to continue fighting, even if that means "we will die in our land. "

Senior members of the rebel have issued contradictory statements about where Moammar Gadhafi believe is hiding. Among the sites mentioned is Bani Walid, the hometown of Sirte, Gaddafi, and the town of Sabha, which is loyal to the president and is deep in the Libyan desert.

NATO reported during the night to have bombed a military barracks, a police camp and other targets near Sirte, as well as targets near Hun, a possible base in the desert, halfway between Sirte and Sabha. Also said to have launched air strikes against an array of ammunition near Bani Walid.

Thousands of rebel fighters, meanwhile, have laid siege to Bani Walid in recent days have said they are ready to take it by force if necessary. Some insurgents have become up to 15 kilometers (10 miles) away from downtown.

Rebels in Misrata, a western port that played a central role in the civil war, said Saturday night that did not face any resistance when they seized two military camps on the outskirts of Bani Walid.

"The negotiations are over and we are still awaiting orders" to attack, said Mohammed al-Fassi, a commander of rebel forces established an area 70 kilometers (45 miles) of Bani Walid. "We wanted to do this without having to spill more blood, but took our time limits for protection."

Al-Fassi said more Gaddafi loyalists have come to Bani Walid from southern Libya, but did not know how many.

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Rebel forces have moved to within 30 kilometres (18 miles) of Sirte from the west, leaders said
Rebel forces have moved to within 30 kilometres (18 miles) of Sirte from the west, leaders said
Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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