Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, one of the last bastions of support for the fugitive leader, came under heavy shelling by revolutionary fighters Saturday.
The revolutionary forces were pushing into Sirte from the west, east, and south in heavy fighting. They were trying to squeeze Gadhafi’s loyalists into a smaller perimeter, The Associated Press reported.
Residents who fled Sirte reportedly said there was no electricity, water, or food in the city.
Sirte is the last major city to remain in the hands of the loyalists following the collapse Gadhafi’s 42-year rule in August.
Meanwhile, BBC reported that pro-Gadhafi forces were putting up extraordinary resistance in defense of the city. On Friday, the two sides battered each other with mortar shells, rockets, and tank fire.