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Published: Monday, 9/26/2011

NATO hits targets around Gadhafi hometown

Sirete besieged by Libyan revolutionary forces


SIRTE, Libya — NATO says warplanes have struck several military targets in Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown as Libyan revolutionary forces besiege the area in an attempt to wear down supporters of the fugitive leader holed up inside.

The alliance said Monday that it hit eight targets around Sirte the previous day, including an ammunition and vehicle storage facility, a multiple rocket launcher and other military sites.

Located on Libya’s central Mediterranean coast, Sirte is one of the most stubborn strongholds for Gadhafi loyalists.

Revolutionary fighters have faced fierce resistance in efforts to take the city and the NATO airstrikes could be aimed at softening up targets for a new push in coming days.

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