NEAR BANI WALID , Sept 16 Columns of Libyan NTC
fighters and vehicles withdrew chaotically from Bani Walid at
dusk after hours of fierce fighting ended inconclusively and
pro-Gaddafi forces continued to shell their positions in and
around the city, Reuters witnesses said.
"We have received orders to retreat. We have been hit by
many rockets. We will come back later," ruling National
Transitional Council (NTC) fighter, Assad Al Hamuri, told
Reuters as he fled from the frontline.
"We need to reorganise troops and stock up on ammunition. We
are waiting for orders to go back in again," said NTC fighter
The atmosphere was frantic and shouting matches erupted
among the anti-Gaddafi fighters as their forces poured out of
the city amid heavy bursts of rocket fire from Gaddafi forces.
(Reporting by Maria Golovnina; Writing by Barry Malone)