Libyan Rebels Say Gaddafi Is Surrounded
Revolutionary forces that overthrew the rule of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi in August say they have Gaddafi cornered to an area with a radius of 60 km and the former dictator will be captured or killed in a matter of time, according to reports Wednesday.
This comes the day after a massive convoy of armored Libyan vehicles entered the country of Niger with Gaddafi's chief security officer on board seeking refuge, which Niger has offered the former Libyan regime. Rumors Tuesday circulated that Gaddafi might have been traveling with the convoy, but the rebel forces and the U.S. have insisted that he is likely still in Libya.
Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera reports, rebel fighters are still trying to gain full control over the country:
Fighters have been engaged in prolonged negotiations to convince representatives from Bani Walid, about 150km southeast of the capital Tripoli, that there would be no retributions if the town surrendered peacefully.
But the representatives, upon returning to the town to deliver the message, were fired at and forced to retreat to NTC territory on Tuesday.
Thousands of NTC fighters have been camping outside Bani Walid, one of Gaddafi's last strongholds. They have also built a field hospital and deployed 10 volunteer doctors to prepare for the possibility of a fight