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”.