Libyan NTC forces enter Sirte
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 15 / Trend A. İsgandarov /
The Libyan National Transitional Council's forces have entered coastal city of Sirte, Gaddafi's birthplace 450 km east of Tripoli which they tried to take on Thursday, Al Jazeera TV channel reported.
The clashes left two Gaddafi supporters dead.
Mass demonstrations demanding for the ouster of Qaddafi, who has been ruling the country for more than 40 years, started in Libya in mid-February and subsequently grew into armed confrontation between the government forces and the rebels.
NTC forces now control most of Libyan territory, including the capital Tripoli. They have been trying to take several cities controlled by pro-Gaddafi troops, including Bani Walid and Sirte.
Recently, anti-Gaddafi forces strengthened their attack on Bani Walid, supported by Nato air strikes. Officials say their forces are now within reach of the centre of the town.
Some members of Gaddafi's family have fled to Algeria. Several convoys of former Gaddafi loyalists are also said to have crossed over Libya's border with Niger recently.