Libya NTC forces enter Sirte, Bani Walid   2011-09-16 20:53:28 FeedbackPrintRSS

TRIPOLI, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Libyan fighters said Friday they had entered Sirte and Bani Walid, two of the last strongholds of toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Forces loyal to Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) captured the airport in Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown, after fierce attacks, the pan-Arab al-Jazeera reported Friday, citing NTC fighters.

The NTC forces also poured into the desert town of Bani Walid, about 180 km south of the capital Tripoli, after two weeks of siege, and vowed to take control of it in the evening. Gunfire and explosions were heard near the town.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tripoli on Friday morning to show support for Libyan people's struggle to end Gaddafi's 42-year-rule.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who visited Tripoli and Benghazi a day earlier, confirmed that NATO will keep on its mission "until the civilians are protected and the work completed."

Cameron and Sarkozy, who spearheaded the NATO mission in Libya, vowed that their countries will help the Libyans hunt down Gaddafi whose whereabouts remain unknown.

Special Report: Foreign Military Intervention in Libya

Editor: Yamei Wang
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