Libyan Rebels Close in on a Gadhafi Stronghold

By: AP
By: AP

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Rebel fighters have started closing in on
one of Moammar Gadhafi's last strongholds, the town of Bani Walid,
without encountering resistance.

Despite Saturday's push forward, rebel officials say they're still trying to persuade tribal elders in Bani Walid to surrender without a fight.

Associated Press reporters traveling with the rebels approaching
from the north advanced to within 10 kilometers (six miles) of the
town, which sits between Tripoli and Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte.

A local rebel official, Abdel-Baset Naama, says rebels also moved closer to the town from the west. Naama says forces from various area towns are gathering along the approaches to Bani Walid.

Gadhafi is on the run, and some officials have speculated he is
in Bani Walid.

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