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Libya - Oct 16, 2011 - 20:58

Last modified: 16 Oct 2011 16:58

Libyan NTC fighters have taken control of Bani Walid hospital after fierce fighting with Gaddafi troops.

Meanwhile, in concurrence with the fighting in Bani Walid, battles continue to rage in the southern front near the artificial river reservoir in al-Kassara district to which the fighters advanced after taking control of al-Garjoma district in south of Bani Walid.

In Sirte, NTC fighters have launched a fresh attack, using tanks and other heavy weaponry.

A number of NTC field commanders have earlier cited difficulties after fierce battles last Saturday, prompting their forced retreat.

The fighters have reorganised their ranks and launched a fresh offensive by tanks and artillery fire at Gaddafi troops, supported by additional reinforcements, besides ongoing NATO air raids on sites where Gaddafi troops were hiding.

NTC justice minister Mohamed al-Allaqi has reaffirmed that violations said to be committed by NTC fighters cited in an Amnesty International report, were "individual cases, not systematic behavior by NTC fighters".

Speaking at a press conference in Doha, Allaqi has also noted that the Libyan attorney general has added reports by civil rights organisations to the investigation file for the accusations.