Troops seized key buildings in Sirte, including the university center of the city, Ouagadougou Hall, a walled complex used by Gaddafi loyalists as a base, and the city’s main Ibn Sina hospital, the Misrata Military Council said, Bloomberg reports.
The council said the Ibn Sina morgue was discovered full of bodies - some without name tags - and described the humanitarian situation at the hospital as "dire", it reports.
Attacking from the east, NTC fighters gained control of the four-lane road that leads to the south of the coastal city and were advancing into the center, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Sirte, about 300 miles east of the capital, Tripoli, which links the east and west parts of the country is crucial to the NTC being able to govern as new elections will not be called until after it has gained full control, Bloomberg reports. (Read more at GlobalPost.com: Rebel Battalions Unite In Libya)
The former rebels were holding off attacking Sirte's main square to give civilians an opportunity to leave, Euronews said.
The town was fast running out of food and fresh water, it reports.