As forces loyal to Libya’s National Transitional Council were reported to have stormed Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron were treated to a "rock star's welcome" in Benghazi.
REUTERS - The leaders of France and Britain were feted in Libya for their support of the uprising which overthrew Muammar Gaddafi while forces of the new government closed in on his hometown Sirte in an effort to complete their victory.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose air forces helped end Gaddafi’s 42-year rule, flew in to Tripoli to be told their support may be repaid in business contracts with the oil-rich North African state.
Fighters loyal to the interim National Transitional Council (NTC) meanwhile attacked Gaddafi’s birthplace Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli on the Mediterranean coast, facing dermined resistance from forces still defending the ousted leader.
“They have now entered the city. There was a coordinated push from the south, east and
west and from along the coast. I’m not sure how far they have been able to enter,” NTC military spokesman Abdulrahman Busin said.
Sarkozy said he would raise the issue with neighbouring Niger, a former French colony where some of Gaddafi’s senior aides and one of his sons have sought refuge.
Date created : 2011-09-16