SIRTE - Tanks manned by fighters for
Libya's interim government shelled loyalists holding out in
Muammar Gaddafi's hometown on Monday as NATO jets circled
overhead, ready to renew air strikes on the besieged coastal
city of Sirte.
While anti-Gaddafi forces which have advanced from the west
held their ground, firing from two tanks positioned about 2 km
(2,000 yards) from the center of the sprawling desert town, a
sharp push forward on the eastern front by scores of armed
pick-up trucks raised spirits among the attackers.
Sirte, where NATO aircraft hit targets on Sunday, lies
between Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi, both now held
by the National Transitional Council (NTC), whose rebel fighters
overran the capital five weeks ago after six months of fighting.