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Libya deadline approaching

Friday, September 09, 2011 - 01:24

Sept. 9 - Time ticks away on rebel ultimatum for Pro-Gaddafi forces in Sirte and Bani Walid to surrender or die. Paul Chapman reports.

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Libyan rebel forces unleash their weaponry against troops still loyal to deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi 100 kilometres from his home town. The clashes erupted on Thursday at Umm al-Khonfos city for the fourth day in a row. At least three rebel fighters were killed in the confrontation. There is meant to be a ceasefire in place. Libya's new rulers say they will abide by the truce and only hit back if fired on. They've set Saturday as the deadline to allow negotiated surrenders at Gaddafi's birthplace of Sirte, and the desert town of Bani Walid. Rebel forces are about only about 10 kilometres outside Bani Walid. They estimate about 150 hard-core Gaddafi loyalists are holed up there. The pro-Gaddafi forces have been firing rockets in defence as rebel fighters make forays into the desert leading to the town. The head of the new interim government, making his first visit to Tripoli since the civil war, is warning the battle for Libya is far from over. Mahmoud Jibril's warning came as he cautioned against premature politicking among rebel groups so far united by their hatred of Gaddafi. Paul Chapman, Reuters

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Libya deadline approaching

Friday, September 09, 2011 - 01:24