Libya: Bani Walid Assault Resumes
Fighting resumed in Bani Walid on Friday following a dramatic failure by Libya's rebels to take the town earlier in the week, agencies report.
Bani Walid, 180km south of Tripoli, has been under siege for two weeks where die-hard Qaddafi loyalists hold the city center and plan a second-round of fierce resistance.
"We have received orders from our commanders and we are going into Bani Walid today from different locations," anti-Qaddafi fighter Mohammad Jwaida told Reuters.
"We have about a thousand fighters here today," he said, adding that they would not use heavy artillery because "we do not want to harm civilians."
Earlier Friday rockets fired by Qaddafi forces in Bani Walid had hit a factory, which is also used as a field hospital.
"Qaddafi forces fired four or five rockets. We are reinforcing our position and going forward," said anti-Qaddafi fighter Mohamed Al Lawaj.
It was not immediately known if those reinforcements had yet arrived, or if Friday's assault had been agreed upon by all of the commanders on the scene.
Elsewhere, Libyan fighters captured the airport near Sirte from forces loyal to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Al Jazeera reported on Friday.
The airport lies some 10 km (6 miles) south of Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown and one of the last strongholds controlled by soldiers loyal to the deposed leader.