TRIPOLI, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Libyan army, and allied forces known as "Libya Shield" on Tuesday pushed into the former regime's bastion of Bani Walid and seized control of strategic buildings.
A front-line officer from the "Libya Shield" told Xinhua that the army and allied forces have reached the city center and gained control of the airport, radio station, hospital and other public facilities.
The new Libyan national anthem was played on the radio for the first time in the "last stronghold of the pro-Gaddafi forces," some 140 km southeast of Tripoli, said the officer on condition of anonymity.
Libya was declared "liberated " by the Transitional National Council (TNC) three days after Gaddafi was arrested and killed on Oct. 20, 2011. But local media reported that there were more than 1,000 pro-Gaddafi militiamen still operating in Bani Walid.
BENGHAZI, Libya, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of tribesmen stormed a TV station in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday in protest against what they called "false reports" about the clashes in their hometown of Bani Walid.
The protesters from Warfalla tribe, one of the largest in Libya, destroyed most of the offices and equipment at al-Hurra TV station. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday called on the Libyan authorities and factions in the Libyan city of Bani Walid to resolve the stand-off peacefully.
In a statement released by his spokesperson's office, Ban said he is alarmed by the fighting in and around of Bani Walid, and in particular the reports indicating growing civilian casualties due to indiscriminate shelling. Full story
BENGHAZI, Libya, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Libya's hilltop town of Bani Walid agreed to let the government establish control in it after a series of talks, officials said Friday.
The town has been under siege for more than 18 days by forces from different factions, which demanded the handover of a number of people accused of kidnapping and torturing Omar ben Shaaban, who reportedly captured former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Full story