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08:20 Al Jazeera English At least 7 Gaddafi fighters were killed and more than 40 wounded in the NTC’s push for Sirte.
08:20 Reuters A television station broadcast footage dated Sept. 20 of what it said was Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam apparently rallying his forces in one of the last strongholds of the Libyan leader.
“This land is the land of your forefathers. Don’t hand it over,” Saif al-Islam shouted to a crowd of followers in an unidentified location, according to the footage broadcast by Arrai TV on Tuesday.
Saif al-Islam has not been seen in public since the Libyan capital Tripoli was overrun by rebels in August.
Brandishing an automatic rifle and wearing a military uniform, he said: “Brothers, you need to enter Tripoli today by force.”
It was not immediately possible to verify the footage.
08:16 Reuters Intense sniper and artillery fire from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi holed up in Sirte kept fighters with Libya’s new rulers at bay in the deposed leader’s hometown on Wednesday.
Sirte, one of the last two bastions of support for Gaddafi, is encircled by Libyan forces and under attack from NATO.
Lack of coordination and divisions at the front have been hampering their attempts to capture Sirte and Bani Walid, which lies 180 km (110 miles) south of Tripoli.
A commander leading the attack on Sirte said on Tuesday he was in talks with elders inside the city about a truce, but the head of another anti-Gaddafi unit rejected negotiations.
08:00 Al Jazeera English Algeria has told off Gaddafi family members who are in the country seeking refuge for taking part in political activities. Meanwhile a Tunisian appeals court has freed the former prime minister of Libya under Gaddafi, Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahdoudi.