Tripoli: A spokesman for Libyan revolutionary forces says a unit has entered the outskirts of Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown, fighting resistance from loyalists.
Spokesman Ali Gliwan says fighters on Thursday crossed a major highway overpass, known as al-Gharbiat, at the southwestern entrance of Sirte. He said the fighters are encountering some resistance and have come under rocket fire. He says one fighter was killed.
Gliwan, a member of the Misrata military council, said the fighters from his city surprised Gaddafi supporters approaching from the west and south, instead of the east.
Anti-Gaddafi forces have been trying to enter at least three Gaddafi strongholds, including Sirte and Bani Walid, for two weeks.
First Published: Thursday, September 15, 2011, 22:37