Ammunition shortage hampers attack on Gaddafi bastion

September 20, 2011 23:57

EAST OF SIRTE, Libya - Libyan troops are unable to defeat forces loyal to deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi in the city of Sirte because the country's new rulers are failing to supply them with enough ammunition, fighters near the front line said on Tuesday.

In the latest reverse in weeks of chaotic fighting over Sirte, Gaddafi's birthplace and one of the last remaining bastions of his support, five anti-Gaddafi fighters were killed on Tuesday after they came under artillery fire.

More than a month after Gaddafi was swept from power, the interim government has still not stamped out the last pockets of resistance, prompting criticism over its lack of cohesion and raising fresh questions about whether it can run the oil exporting country effectively.

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