With their belongings strapped to their cars residents of Sirte fled their homes on Thursday.
Libya's National Transitional Council insists on searching vehicles on their way out, keeping the details of those who pass through.
Pro-Gaddafi gunmen have shown fierce resistance in Sirte and the NTC says it has held fire in order to let civilians leave.
The former rebels need to tread carefully as a bloody victory would
worsen regional divisions and embarrass the fledgling government.