Saturday, September 3, 2011
Members of the Gaddafi family were believed to have fled the town of Bani Walid on Saturday after residents raised rebel flags in a show of defiance.
Rebel leaders in the nearby town of Tahouna said loyalist convoys had been seen leaving military bases ahead of an assault on the town, expected within days.
Some were believed to be the remnants of the Khamis Brigades, which were controlled by Muammar Gaddafi’s son Khamis until he was apparently killed in a rebel ambush nine days ago.
“There was a surprise movement this afternoon,” Tripoli’s rebel military commander, Abdul Hakim Belhaj, said. “The Gaddafi brigades appear to have abandoned their checkpoints.”
This article was posted: Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm