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NATO pounds Gaddafi hometown

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norakitty123 Wed 19-Oct-11 09:54:13

British warplanes struck a big bunker in Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, his hugest remaining stronghold, as NAto showed its attentidirectly to loyalist forces looking to carry back advancing Libyan rebels within the area.The airstrikes came an afternoon after fierce clashes erupted within the Libyan capital, which remained tense as rebels sought for the elusive leader and his allies, detaining suspected loyalists and raising concerns about human rights violations.Rebels were searching on Friday for the remnants of professional-Gaddafi forces in Tripoli's Abu Salim neighbourhood, which saw very heavy fighting the day before.The rebels had detained seven men and one woman and cargoed them right into a pickup truck in a rural area gambleween Abu Salim and the airport, saying Gaddafi forces may well be looking to blresult in with civilians."Things are still not stable and we're arresting anybody we discover suspicious and taking them to the army council," said field commander Fathi Shneibi.Meanwhile, at a clinic attached to an Abu Salim fireplacestation, injured men believed to be Gaddafi supporters or fighters were left moaning and contacting for water. Curious neighbourhood men climbed the steps to take a look on them, but ncertainly one offered help.one of the maximumwounded said he was from Niger and denied any links to Gaddafi. Asked why he was in Libya, he said, "i truly do not know." He didn't give his name.symptomsalso emerged thon the location can turn far worse.Dozens of decomposing bodies were piled up in an abandoned Abu Salim hospital, a grim testament to the chaos roiling the capital.It was not transparentwhen the lads were killed. the grounds were covered with shattered glass and bloodstains, and medical apparatuswas strewn about.One room had 21 bodies lying on gurneys, with 20 more in a courtyard next to the car parking space - all them darker skinned than maximumLibyans.Gaddafi had recruited fighters from sub-Saharan Africa, but manothers from the region are in Libya as migrant workers.because the uprising began the rebels occasionallysuspect sub-Saharan Africans of being mercenaries.Tripoli, meanwhile, enjoyed the quietest day yet because the rebel takeover, althoughpro-Gadhafi forces were shelling the airport and sporadic shooting was reported elsewhere within the metropolis of two million people.on the basicFriday prayers since Tripoli fell to the rebels, hundreds of individuals crowded a mosque in central Tripoli, listening because the imam praised the rebels for taking on arms against Gaddafi.He said that they had "liberated the los angelesnd inch by inch, spaceby house, alley by alley," employinga famous phrase from a Gaddafi speech against the uprising.the army alliance said NATO warplanes targeted 2ninecarsmounted with weapons close toSirte, a townof one50,000 about 400km east of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Rebels are looking to advance toward Sirte but expect fierce resistance from tribesman and cityspeople unswervingto Gaddafi.The rebel leadership, looking to circumvent the bloodshed that occurred within the conflictfor Tripoli, has even been looking to secure Sirte's surrender, however the 2 main tribes have rejected negotiation efforts.addafi denied his people fundamentalrights, cracked down harshly on any hint of dissent and squandered the rustic's vast oil and gas wealth.addafi has tried to rally his followers from hiding, calling at them in an audio appeal as recently as Thursday to fight and kill the rebels.the 2 main tribes in Sirte, the Gadhadhfa and the Urfali, remain unswervingto the Libyan leader, alalthoughmanothers have disavowed him because the uprising began in mid-February, inspired by a wave of Arab revolutions.Mohammed al-Rajali, a spokesman for rebel fighters within the east, said the rebels were looking to succeed in out to smaller tribes in Sirte but no progress were made.however the most recent NATO airstrikes on loyalist carsdefending Sirte appeared aimed toward paving the best way for the rebel advance if a negotiated agreementproves impossible.In London, British Defence Secretary Liam Fox said a fewelements of the Gaddafi regime were in Sirte "where they're still proceedingto wage war at the folk of Libya."He said NATO would continue to strike at pro-Gadhafi forces.

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