- Title: Libyan forces continue fighting Islamic State in Sirte
- Date: 16th November 2016
- Summary: SIRTE, LIBYA (NOVEMBER 16, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LIBYAN FIGHTERS STANDING ON TANK IN GHIZA BAHRIYA STREET LIBYAN ARMED FORCES HOLDING WEAPONS / ONE LIBYAN FIGHTER SEEN IN CAST LIBYAN FIGHTER HOLDING WEAPON LIBYAN FORCES WALKING IN STREET LIBYAN FIGHTERS ARMING WEAPON VARIOUS OF TANK MOVING THROUGH STREETS TOWARDS FRONT LINES TANK MOVING FAST IN STREET TOWARDS BUILDING (AUDIO: GUNFIRE) MORE OF TANK IN BUILDING LIBYAN FORCES STANDING NEXT TO AMBULANCE LIBYAN FORCES CARRYING INJURED FIGHTER ON A STRETCHER AND PLACING HIM IN THE AMBULANCE MORE OF FIGHTERS NEAR AMBULANCE AMBULANCE DRIVING AWAY VARIOUS OF LIBYAN FORCES INSIDE RECENTLY FREED BUILDING WALKING THROUGH RUBBLE LIBYAN FIGHTER STANDING LOOKING AT WRECKAGE VARIOUS OF DISCARDED WEAPON SHELLS ON FLOOR OF BUILDING VARIOUS OF LIBYAN FIGHTERS WALKING INTO RECENTLY FREED WRECKED HOUSES TANK IN STREET SEEN FROM GATE OF HOUSE (AUDIO: GUNFIRE) VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING FROM BEHIND A HOUSE / LIBYAN FIGHTERS STANDING INSIDE LIBYAN FIGHTERS TAKE COVER BEHIND WALL OF RECENTLY FREED HOUSE VARIOUS OF SMOKE SEEN RISING THROUGH HOLE IN CEILING VARIOUS OF LIBYAN FORCES IN STREET IN GHIZA BAHRIYA POLICE VEHICLES IN STREET IN GHIZA BAHRIYA
- Embargoed: 1st December 2016 17:05
- Keywords: Libya Sirte Fighting Islamic State
- Location: SIRTE, LIBYA
- City: SIRTE, LIBYA
- Country: Libya
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00158P3PDZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Three days of consecutive fighting had strengthened Libyan forces' advance on Islamic State in Sirte on Wednesday (November 16), said Libyan fighters.
The fighters, who were mostly from nearby Misrata, said the militant jihadist group now only controlled around one square kilometre in Sirte's Ghiza Bahriya street.
Libyan forces are edging towards a victory in the coastal city, in a campaign which began six months ago and has been aided by U.S. air strikes since August.
Islamic State militants are cornered to only a few remaining buildings, where snipers retaliate on tank fire and ground troop-machine guns.
According to Libyan officials, some of the militants who were based in Sirte had already fled south into the desert when the fighting began.
U.S. officials confirm that less than a hundred Islamic State fighters remain in Sirte.
Last week the Pentagon said that the United States would be prepared to carry out more air strikes against Islamic State militants in Sirte if requested by Libya's U.N.-backed government.
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