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Bulgarian news source confirms “rebel” retreat at Sirte

Posted by seumasach on October 14, 2011

Sections of the world’s press continue to drift “off-message”. Here is confirmation of the “rebel” retreat at Sirte. Needless to say, the reports of the capture of one of Gaddafi’s sons turn out, once again, to be utter pish. Note that there are now 2000 Yamahiriya fighters in Sirte whereas Peter Beaumont in yesterday’s Guardian had that figure at 100. In its overwhelming majority the press continue with their “say anything for NATO’ approach.

Libyan Rebels Retreat as Gaddafi Loyalists Resist Fiercely in Sirte


14th October, 2011

Forces of the government of the Libyan rebels have pulled back under ferocious fire from Muammar Gaddafi loyalists in the fugitive leader’s hometown Sirte on Thursday.

The troops of the rebels‘ Transitional National Council had been hoping to overwhelm the last pockets of resistance in two residential neighbourhoods in the northwest of the city, Al Jazeera reported.

However, after the fierce fight Thursday, the rebel forces withdrew at least two kilometers to the central police headquarters they captured on Tuesday.

“We have been told to retreat to the police HQ and will be using artillery cannon to hit Gaddafi’s forces,” fighter Hamid Neji of the Martys of Free Libya Brigade said, as cited by Al Jazeera.

Earlier on Thursday, a senior military commander inside Sirte refuted reports that Motassim Gaddafi, one of the sons of the fugitive dictator, had been captured.

“It is not true that Motassim was captured,” said Wesam Bin Hamid, brigade commander of the Martyrs of Free Libya Brigade, one of the new regime’s main units inside Gaddafi’s hometown.

“But some prisoners we have captured are saying that [Muammar] Gaddafi is in Sirte,” Bin Hamid added.

In spite of that, Muammar Gaddafi‘s whereabouts remain unknown some eight months after the start of the civil war in Libya.

Libya‘s National Transitional Council fighters have already reached the costal route in Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, cutting off the last escape route for loyalists.

Gaddafi combatants are now surrounded in the city and are said to number no more than 2 000.

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