Gaddafi forces 'executing people' in Sirte say residents

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September 22, 2011 17:30

 
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SIRTE, Libya - Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi who control the city of Sirte have been executing residents suspected of sympathizing with Libya's new rulers, forces backing the country's interim government and fleeing residents said.

On the Mediterranean coast about 450 km (280 miles) east of Tripoli, Sirte is Gaddafi's hometown and one of just a handful of places in Libya still held by fighters loyal to him.

National Transitional Council (NTC) forces have surrounded the city for a week, but say their progress has been stymied largely because there are many civilians still inside the city, where residents report shortages of basic goods.

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