Anti-Gadhafi fighters make gains in Sirte

October 9, 2011 - 8:40 AM
APTOPIX Mideast Libya

Libyan revolutionary fighters fire toward pro-Gadhafi forces in Sirte, Libya, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Rebel forces have besieged Sirte since mid September, but have not managed to penetrate the heart of the city because of fierce resistance from loyalists inside the home town of Libya's ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

SIRTE, Libya (AP) — Revolutionary forces are pushing into the center of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, squeezing the remaining loyalist fighters still holding out.

Anti-Gadhafi fighters have captured the sprawling Ouagadougou Convention Center as well as Ibn Sina Hospital on the south side of Sirte.

The are now battling loyalists in heavy street fighting focused around Green Square in the city center.

At the hospital Sunday, hundreds of wounded civilians crowded the corridors. There was no electricity or water, and a handful of medical students and nurses were the only medical staff.

Revolutionary fighters roamed the hallways checking IDs, and took some people suspected of being Gadhafi fighters into custody.

Sirte is the last major city in Gadhafi loyalist hands.