Libya NTC Rebels in Retreat in Sirte. Renewed NATO Bombing

Libya’s NTC steps back after heavy fighting with Gaddafi remnants in Sirte

TRIPOLI: Fighters of Libya’ s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) on Sunday retreated from several positions in the northern coastal town of Sirte, so as to allow NATO to bomb sites that are holding up the remaining forces of the previous leadership.

According to a source close to the NTC, their fighters fought fierce battles on Sunday with the diehard loyalists of fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi at the Dollar district and the so-called Area Two of Sirte, hometown of the country’s 42-year-long ruler.

The battles forced the NTC fighters to pull back, which will give way to NATO’s aircraft and heavy artilleries aiming at hideouts of the pro-Gaddafi forces, said the source, who asked to remain anonymous.

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