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Libya crisis: Rebel leaders hoping to starve Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte into submission

By Rob Crilly, Benghazi

Rebel leaders hope to starve Col Gaddafi's home town of Sirte into submission, laying siege to his last remaining stronghold in an attempt to avoid mass bloodshed, according to the man spearheading efforts for a peaceful takeover.

August 28, 2011

Opposition fighters claim to have moved to within 20 miles of the coastal city on its western side and were yesterday also closing in from the east, where they have taken control of Bin Jawad, the last major town before Sirte.

With Tripoli in rebel hands, the city is the biggest remaining base of Gaddafi loyalist resistance.

But opposition commanders know they face a long, bloody battle, with many civilian casualties, if they opt for an all-out assault. Dr Hasan Droy, Sirte representative on the opposition National Transitional Council, said troops would stop short, laying siege to the city, while negotiations for its surrender continued.

"The city is already without electricity and cooking gas," he said. "Cars are not moving. Within a few days we will be able to enter peacefully."

Rebel leaders described a noose being tightened around Sirte.

Yesterday, Mohammed al-Fortiya, the rebel commander in Misurata, confirmed making progress from both east and west after heavy Nato bombing on Thursday and Friday.

Rebel forces to the east had been stalled at the oil town of Ras Lanuf last week as they came under heavy artillery fire, but yesterday managed to continue their advance, taking them about 80 miles from Sirte, where they were last night moving tanks and rocket launchers into position for an attack on Gaddafi troops stationed in Wadi al-Ahmar, or Red Valley.

They believe Mutassim- Billah Gaddafi, Col Gaddafi's fifth son, is in command of Sirte's defence, making its capture a difficult and bloody proposition.

Dr Droy said he believed senior regime figures were in the city, keeping up a barrage of pro-Gaddafi propaganda.

"They are very isolated. Gaddafi has cut off electricity so that they can't see what's happened on TV. When we talk to them about Tripoli they don't know what has happened but we have growing public opinion because of the conditions," he said.

Col Gaddafi's whereabouts remain unknown, but Sirte, a city of about 100,000 people and containing stockpiles of Scud missiles, is one possible location for a last stand.

However, rebel leaders say there is now no escape from the surrounded city and believe he is more likely to have travelled to the southern desert reaches of Libya, near the border with Algeria ľ a country that remains supportive of his regime ľ or that he may still be in Tripoli.

At the weekend, Mustapha Abdel Jalil, the head of the NTC, said negotiations with Sirte were moving in a positive direction.

"We are prepared to try all resources and take all roads which would lead to the revolutionaries entering Sirte in a peaceful manner," he said.

The rebels also said they believed Sirte had been close to abandoning Col Gaddafi last week, when Saif Gaddafi was reportedly captured, before he made a dramatic appearance in front of the Rixos hotel a day later.

"They were prepared to surrender," said Shams al-Din Ben Ali, a spokesman.

Taking Sirte is now the major focus of rebel action but the revolution will not be complete until Gaddafi himself is in handcuffs, he added.

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