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Libya rebels poised to attack Gaddafi stronghold

Revolutionary forces continue to surround Bani Walid in the city of Misrata, ready to attack after the rebels got frustrated over stalled negotiations for Gaddafi's handover

AP , Sunday 4 Sep 2011
Anti-Gaddafi fighters hold Kingdom of Libya flags upon their arrival at Bani Walid (Reuters)
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Libyan rebels laying siege to one of Muammar Gaddafi's remaining strongholds say surrender talks have broken down and that they're ready to attack.

Rebels control most of Libya and Gaddafi and his staunchest allies have been on the run since the fall of the capital of Tripoli late last month. Loyalists have entrenched themselves in several towns, including besieged Bani Walid.

Thousands of rebel fighters are surrounding Bani Walid, with the closest forces about 10 miles (15 kilometres) from the town centre. Rebels say they tried to negotiate a peaceful surrender, but accused Bani Walid tribal leaders of stalling.

A rebel commander, Mohamed Al-Fassi, said Sunday that "the negotiations are over." Rebels have said they will launch their assault later Sunday.

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