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Libya Rebels Say Qaddafi Uses Human Shields to Defend Sirte

Libyan rebels said Muammar Qaddafi’s forces used civilians as human shields in an attempt to block opposition fighters from taking Sirte, one of the last remaining loyalist strongholds.

Rebel units pushed toward the leader’s hometown from the east and west along the coastal highway today, Commander Ali Ahmed of the rebel Sidra Brigade said in an interview. Advances from the west were stalled because Qaddafi forces are holding hostages in the village of Heesh, he said.