Rebels plan to besiege Gaddafi city
Published 21/05/2011 | 05:00
LIBYAN rebels could be poised to begin the first siege of a town loyal to Muammar Gaddafi as they attempt to cut off his home city of Sirte.
A concerted attempt is being made to break the seven-week stalemate and create new front lines in a conflict that has moved little since the end of March.
A senior EU diplomat said Britain, France and other European countries had softened the line that Gaddafi must leave power before a ceasefire in an attempt to help "mediation efforts" in Tripoli. Coalition countries were now "more flexible with the timetable" to end NATO bombing.
Rebel forces are poised to advance west towards Brega after NATO pounded Gaddafi troops in the area. If successful, this would bottle up Sirte; after Misrata, the boot would then be on the other foot. (© Daily Telegraph, London)