Libya Live Blog
Libya - Jul 30, 2011 - 20:03
According to a rebel commander who has spoken to Reuters, rebel forces have now encircled the last pro-Gaddafi stronghold in the western mountains and hope to seize it soon.
Rebel tanks have been firing on Tiji, where they estimate about 500 government troops aer holding out. The blasts could be heard from nearby Hawamid, which is located some 200km southwest of Tripoli.
"We have Tiji surrounded and we hope to take it by the end of the day," Nasir al Hamdi, a former colonel in Gaddafi's police force who is now a rebel commander, told Reuters. Gunfire could be heard in the distance, and the commander was surveying the battleground, which was strewn with tank shell casings and anti-aircraft bullets.
Meanwhile, injured Gaddafi fighters who are being treated at a hospital in Nalut say that the Libyan leader's forces were passing through towns offering money and arms in return for fighting on their side.
"I was unemployed. They gave me money so I agreed to fight the rebels," said Abdel Jalil Omar, a Tiji resident who was shot in the shoulder.