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Anti-Qaddafi Forces Enter Sirte, Misrata Military Council Says

September 15, 2011

Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Libyan forces opposed to Muammar Qaddafi said they have entered his hometown of Sirte, where loyalists are resisting a peaceful handover of control.

About 900 armed pickup trucks, the largest fleet assembled by the forces for a single operation again Qaddafi’s supporters, advanced on Sirte “to free the city and raise the banner of independence above it,” the fighters’ Misrata Military Council said in a statement today. The units reached the city’s Gardabya Bridge, the council said.

Qaddafi loyalists in Sirte were preventing civilians from leaving, according to the statement. The Misrata council’s forces said supplies of food, water and medicine were being moved toward Sirte to deliver to the civilian population.

Pro-Qaddafi forces also continue to control Bani Walid, 145 kilometers (90 miles) south of Tripoli, almost four weeks after rebels took the capital and the southern towns of Hun and Sabha. The whereabouts of Qaddafi remain unknown.

--With assistance from Caroline Alexander in London. Editors: Heather Langan, Alan Crosby

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Stephen in Misrata through the Dubai newsroom at barden@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.


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