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Rebel flag raised outside Sirte

Sunday, September 04, 2011 - 01:58

Sept. 4 - Anti-Gaddafi forces wait the command to enter Sirte, Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Anti-Gaddafi forces wait on the frontline outside Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown, for the command to move in. Their flag raised at the entrance of Umm al-Ghindel city gates, just 45 km from Sirte. Libya's interim government said it was closing in on the last bastions of support for deposed leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Libya's National Transitional Council head, gave cities still under control of Gaddafi forces one week to surrender. Rebel fighters were ready to attack. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) REBEL FIGHTER, HESHAM BIN UMRAN, SAYING: "We are ready to fight with high spirits and we have a layout of sorts for fruitful plans to attack the city (Sirte)." Gaddafi spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim insisted the ousted leader was still in Libya. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GADDAFI'S SPOKESMAN MOUSSA IBRAHIM, SAYING (AUDIO WITH STILL PICTURE): (JOURNALIST ASKS: IS THE LEADER IN BANI WALID?) "I personally do not know where he is right now, but I know very much that he is in the country - this is for sure - and he is in a safe place surrounded by many people who are prepared to protect him." Gaddafi, who continues to elude capture is believed to he hiding in the desert town of Bani Walid. Ibrahim dismissed talk the town would surrender. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GADDAFI'S SPOKESMAN MOUSSA IBRAHIM, SAYING (AUDIO WITH STILL PICTURE): "There is one thing I assure you Bani Walid is a major city hosting one of the biggest tribes in Libya who have declared their allegiance to the leader and they refused all approaches for negotiation with the Transitional Council." Sirte, along with Bani Walid and Sabha deep in the Sahara desert, are the main pockets remaining under control of forces loyal to the ousted ruler. NTC leadership have said the conflict is not over until Gaddafi is captured, dead or alive. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters

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Rebel flag raised outside Sirte

Sunday, September 04, 2011 - 01:58