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All updates are in Libyan local time (GMT +2)
6:15pm: Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from the frontline as forces opposed to Muammar Gaddafi battle his loyalists in Sirte.
5:47pm: Doctors say at least nine anti-Gaddafi fighters have been killed in the assault on Sirte and 124 others injured, many in serious condition.
5:40pm: Government forces have largely taken the town but are meeting stiff resistance, with continuing gunfire. Some units are less than 1km from the city centre.The interim authorities’ troops are coming from both Misrata in the west and Benghazi in the east.The Benghazi forces are only 1km from the city centre but have faced heavy resistance from snipers inside the city. The Ouagadougou conference centre, where many of the Gaddafi loyalists are believed to have gathered, has become the focus of the artillery barrages.
5:30pm: U.S Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the officials agreed that ending the combat mission in Libya will depend on Gadhafi forces are still able to attack civilians and whether the opposition forces are able to provide security for the country as it moves to democracy. He laid out four general areas that commanders will review as they assess the mission — such as the ongoing violence in Sirte and how much control Gadhafi appears to have over his loyalists, but did not specify what those situations must look like in order to end the NATO assault.
5:25pm:@libyanfsl tweets:Libya’s Freedom Fighters make final push to liberate Sirte today, clashes at Ibn Sina hospital site of suspected mass grave
1:00pm: Libya will face Zambia in the African Nations Cup finals qualifier this Saturday. Good luck Libya!!
12:00pm: Sirte: Street fighting and heavy bombardment also continued from overnight at the Ouagadougou conference centre, a major stronghold of pro-Gaddafi forces, while the Mauritanian Quarter was also under attack. Meanwhile, medics at a field hospital 50km west of Sirte said 18 injured anti-Gaddafi fighters had been brought in, most of them with shrapnel wounds, but that there were no immediate reports of any killed.
11:00am: The battle for Sirte, hometown of former leader, Muammar Gaddafi, is currently underway. Revolutionary fighters have begun a major assault today, to try to end a three week standoff. Commanders say this is the final push to take the town from Gaddafi loyalists.
Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from the frontline, said that this was going to be the “final assault”. “Right now they are bombarding it and trying to weaken defences – it is going to be quite a fight today.”
8:00am: Deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi said leaders of the developing world who recognised Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) that ousted him with the aid of NATO firepower would suffer a similar fate.
“If the power of (international) fleets give legitimacy, then let the rulers in the Third World be ready,” he said in an apparent reference to NATO’s military support for NTC forces.