Rebel troops launched an offensive against Sirte and Bani Walid, two of the four cities controlled by Muammar Gadhafi regime. The rebel leaders believe that if Gadhafi is still in Libya he must be hiding in one of those cities.
A week ago hundreds of journalists went to the front lines in the center of Bani Walid when the rebels were ready to conquer the city. A spokesman of the National Transition Council (CNT) bargained with the residents of Bani Walid to leave their homes and that they do not talk with any supporter of the regime because their lives could be in danger.
However after several offensive attacks against the militias of Bani Walid the city still remains in control of the regime. The rebels of Misrata blamed the militaries of the CNT for not giving them their support causing a chaotic retreat from the rebel army.
Meanwhile the supporters of Gadhafi in Bani Walid spilled oil in the streets to stop the advance of rebel troops. For several weeks the locals of Sirte and Bani Walid live in a precarious situation since they do not have food, water, oil, money or information. (AV)