Libyan rebels has set a deadline up to Saturday for Sirte to surrender. Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown has been suffering intense NATO air raids in the past hours to weaken its resistance.
Spokespersons of the insurgents say that negotiations continue, but have not been able to break the will of the tribal leaders of Sirte, so they are likely to unleash a terrible 10-day battle.
In parallel with this alleged dialogue, rebels are laying siege to the city with the cover of NATO air bombings, which have intensified in the past 48 hours.
Gaddafi’s second wife, Safiya, and her daughter Aisha, who gave birth on Tuesday, as well as her brothers Hannibal and Mohamed took refuge on Monday in Argelia, amid strong criticism of the National Transitional Council (CNT), which attempts to request their repatriation so that they can be tried.