Civilians flee Gadhafi hometown

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SIRTE, Libya (AP) — Hundreds of civilians have been fleeing Moammar Gadhafi's Libyan hometown today.

They're trying to escape growing shortages of food and medicine. And they're leaving amid increasing fears that their homes will be struck during fighting between revolutionary forces and regime loyalists.

Anti-Gadhafi fighters launched their offensive against Sirte nearly two weeks ago. But they've faced heavy resistance from loyalists inside the city.

The revolutionary fighters made a push into the city again over the weekend, but they now say they've pulled back to plan their assault and to allow civilians more time to flee.

NATO, meanwhile, is keeping up its air campaign. The alliance says its warplanes hit eight military targets near Sirte yesterday.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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