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Gaddafi loyalists “ask for truce” in besieged city

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Sherine El Madany
Reuters
Sept 30, 2011

A Libyan commander leading the attack on Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of 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.

Sirte, one of the last bastions of support for the deposed Libyan leader, is encircled by forces with the interim government and under bombardment from NATO warplanes.

Touhami Zayani, commander of the El-Farouk brigade on the western edge of Sirte, told Reuters an elder from Gaddafi’s tribe, whom he did not identify, had contacted him on his satellite phone from inside Sirte.

“He called me and said we are looking for a safe passage for the families and for the militia to leave the city,” he said.

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