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Tue 29 Mar 2011 01:32 PM

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Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte

Libyan rebels came under heavy fire as they pushed toward Gaddafi’s hometown, setting up a crucial battle in the six-week-old uprising

Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
Libyan rebels shows identity cards and passports of African labourers outside the deserted government offices in the village of Harawa as they advance towards Moamer Kadhafi's hometown of Sirte (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
Libyan rebels celebrate outside deserted government offices in the village of Harawa. The rebels said they had captured the towns of Nawfaliyah and Harawah in their advance west. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
An electricity equipment storage facility burns as rebel forces approach Sirte. Along the coastal road, the oil terminals at Brega and Ras Lanuf were operating, after rebel forces retook them over the weekend (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
Libyan rebels search deserted government offices in Harawa. A senior U.S. military official told reporters that the coalition’s sustained airstrikes had forced Libya’s ground troops to retreat (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
A Libyan man stands on the bombed fishing harbor of Sirte. Rebels were stopped in their tracks by forces loyal to Moamer Kadahfi who launched a fierce attack on their convoy, halting their push forward to Sirte for a second time in the day. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
Libyan rebels celebrate their progress as NATO finally agreed to take over full command of military operations to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya from a US-led coalition. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
The U.S. and allied forces flew 107 strike sorties over the 24 hours to March 28, an increase of about 20 over the previous day and a sign that the air campaign aimed at Gaddafi’s ground forces continues to build. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
There was also heavy fighting in the strategic city of Misurata, particularly near the center of the city. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
Smoke billows as Libyan rebels progress westward from the town of Bin Jawad. In Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a joint statement Monday that “Gaddafi must go immediately,” and they urged his supporters to “drop him before it is too late.”(AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
Libyan rebels ride in their vehicles as they towards Sirte. The Gulf emirate of Qatar became the first Arab country to formally recognize the rebels’ Transitional National Council as Libya’s legitimate government. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
Libyan rebels hold their positions on the outskirts of the town of Bin Jawad. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
A Libyan rebel shoots a portrait of Gaddafi in the town of Bin Jawad, after forces won back control of the key Ras Lanuf oil site and pressing on towards Kadhafi's hometown of Sirte, a central coastal city. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
Armed Libyan rebels stand guard at a checkpoint outside the city of Brega on March 27 (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
A Libyan rebel sits in his vehicle next to an image of Argentine-born Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels advance on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte
Libyan rebels walk past a burning multi-rocket launcher at sunset outside the oil rich town of Ras Lanuf. (AFP/Getty Images)