BIN JAWAD, Libya (Reuters) - Rebels in east Libya have seized the town of Nawfaliyah from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, extending their advance westwards toward the Libyan leader’s hometown of Sirte, Al Jazeera reported on Monday.
Nawfaliyah is west of Bin Jawad, the furthest west rebels had reached on Sunday in their swift progress along the coast that has been aided by Western warplanes. Nawfaliyah is about 120 km (75 miles) away from Sirte.
A Reuters correspondent who was about 15 km (10 miles) west of Bin Jawad reported hearing a sustained bombardment on the road ahead. Al Jazeera reported that Gaddafi’s forces were now positioned about 30 km (19 miles) outside Sirte.
“This is the frontline. The army has stopped over there, we are stopping here,” Mohammed al-Turki, 21, a fighter at a rebel checkpoint beyond Bin Jawad, told Reuters, pointing to the road ahead where the sounds of blasts came from.
Reporting by Angus MacSwan; Writing by Edmund Blair in Cairo