Libya Live Blog
Libya - Aug 29, 2011 - 18:59
Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid reports from Nawfaliya:
We have been standing here at Nawfaliya junction for the past few hours.. from what we understand, now Nawfaliya is totally under control of the Libyan fighters. They say the Gaddafi fighters are not there anymore..
The fighters are gathering here, this is the main road that leads to Sirte, about 130km from here. They are trying to stay a bit back because we have heard a lot of NATO activity over the last few hours. We have heard some jets as well as some strikes. NATO has been intensifying its heat in and around Sirte over the last 48 hours..
Here in the east there is a huge difference than a few months ago. they used to go up and down this highway that leads all the way from really the Egyptian border to the Tunisian border. and all they were doing was pushing forward and retreating. Now you see a different pattern, they are more organised, they have slightly more experience with their weapons and they are also listening to orders it seems. In the past, military commanders in Benghazi were saying they could not control them, that they were over-enthusiastic. I have to say that the fighters here, especially on the eastern front, have taken twice a good beating and it's each time was around this area of Bin Jawad, Nawfaliya. Now they will have to advance very crucially, they do need to get past this hurdle, some sort of a psychological hurdle as well. Becuase they do understand that compared to the rest of the country, they now need to show what they are capable of.