June 26, 2017

Libyan government launches fresh offensive against Sirte

An NTC twin cab pickup with attitude outside Sirte. Could just as easily be outside any small town in the Mid-West.

Libyan transitional government forces have launched a new offensive against the pro-Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte after a two day lull in the fighting to allow civilians to flee.

Rocket barrages and tank fire has been directed at the city centre. Government forces have the town surrounded and have captured strategic locations like the port and airport.

As is usual in modern war, civilians are caught up in the fighting. Hundreds of Sirte residents have managed to flee the city but thousands more remain trapped in their homes.

With no basic services and food and fuel supplies running out, it is hoped that there will be a swift end to the fighting. There is a danget though that the NTC forces may be reluctant to press too hard against the pro- Gaddafi stronghold. Who wants to die in a war that is already won?

Sirte is the birthplace of Muammar Gaddafi. Odds on it is not going to be his death place. Newswarped thinks a cosy exile is his version of “fighting to the death”.