Libyan forces brace for street battles against ISIS in Sirte

BENGHAZI- A spokesman for militias loyal to Libya’s UN-brokered government say ISIS militants have barricaded themselves in the center of their stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte, hoping to draw their attackers into a protracted street battle. Brig-Gen. Mohammed al-Ghasri said Sunday the militants have barricaded themselves in a densely built-up area and their snipers have taken positions on rooftops waiting for the militias to advance. He says that ISIS suicide bombers are likely to target the militias if they close in on the area. The militias have been shelling the area with artillery.



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