With surprising speed the Libyan Democratic Movement is sweeping westward towards Tripoli.
As of 0300 GMT Monday, Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte- said to be the big battle before Tripoli – is reported to be in Democratic hands. Democratic forces have therefore crossed 570 km from Benghazi and are now only 159 km from Misrata and 450 km from downtown Tripoli.
As more land and people and military equipment comes under the control of the Democratic movement it remains to be seen who will be standing with Gaddafi in coming days.
News from Adjabiya, via AJE:
o Doctors in Adjabiya are reporting that women have been raped by Gaddafi forces. The pockets of Gaddafi soldiers killed are full of condoms and Viagra[tm].
o 175 people are reported missing from the Adjabiya population. Bodies have been found buried by Gaddafi forces and calls to cell phones belonging to the missing have reportedly been answered “You can come claim the body in Tripoli”. This lends credence to the earlier reports that Gaddafi forces have been removing bodies.
o Three doctors from the hospital are missing, their ambulance found riddled with bullets. They had gone two blocks from the hospital to retrieve a patient.
With any luck Misrata will be free tomorrow.
[Update 1] AJE Liveblog comment: ~0430GMT:
michaelb76 34 minutes ago
I send a huge congratulation to our fellow front line rebels who have taken Sirte! Sirte I can confirm has fallen into our rebel army control. There are some pockets of resistance as things stand and what we are hearing from our front lines but overall the city has fallen and many former Qaddafi fighters have surrended and a good part of it have joined our rebel army!
Congratulation to our Rebel Army for taking Sirte the last strong hold before we can march now to save Misrata from Qaddafi madmen! Then Tripoli here we come.
I call on the remaining Qaddafi troops that are still fighting for Qaddafi abandon your military posts, or take the posts over and join the Rebel Fighters. Sirte has fallen and this means you are now fighting for a Dictator that is done and soon all of Libya will be free! The moment has come to make a decision and help Liberate Libya or defend a dying Qaddafi Regime!
Years from now what you still Pro-Qaddafi fighters be able to tell your sons and daughters or your grandchildren when they would ask you did you help free our Libya?
[Update 2] Doctor in Misrata reports no coalition bombing but further shelling from Gaddafi forces and nine more killings by snipers overnight.