Bani Walid: Anti-Gaddafi fighters
on Wednesday appealed for help from NATO after being blasted by
rockets fired by loyalist troops in Bani Walid, one of the
ousted Libyan leader`s last bastions.
Among 11 National Transitional Council fighters killed in
the barrage was senior commander Daou al-Salhine al-Jadak,
whose car was struck by a rocket as he headed towards the
front late on Tuesday, NTC chief negotiator Abdullah Kenshil
NTC field commander Captain Walid Khaimej said,
meanwhile, that the fierce resistance of Muammar Gaddafi`s
loyalists had stalled the advance by NTC fighters in the
desert town, some 170 kilometres (100 miles) from Tripoli.
"There is always incoming missile and artillery fire. We
are returning fire with heavy weapons but we are not sending
in infantry. We are waiting for reinforcements to come from
Tripoli and Zawiyah," said Khaimej.
"NATO is here but is not doing enough. They take out the
rocket launchers firing at us, but they are immediately
replaced. We need more help from NATO," he added.
The Western military alliance has under a UN mandate
being giving air support to a popular revolt against Gaddafi
launched in February which saw the veteran strongman toppled
from power after 42 years by NTC forces last month.
Gaddafi has gone into hiding since Tripoli was overrun
on August 23 but he and some of his sons are still believed by
the NTC to be in Libya, possibly even in Bani Walid or in his
birthplace Sirte, where his last remaining forces are putting
up fierce resistance.
Jadak was one of the highest ranking NTC military
commanders in Bani Walid and hails from the oasis town itself.
Two days before he was killed, he told a news agency he had been
imprisoned for more than 18 years for helping organise a
rebellion against Gaddafi in 1993.