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Libyan forces seize key buildings in Sirte

Libyan forces have seized key buildings in the Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte as street fighting in the former leader's hometown leaves scores of people dead.

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SIRTE, LIBYA - OCTOBER 9: National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters take part in a street battle in the 700 complex area of the city on October 9, 2011 in Sirte, Libya. NTC fighters say this is the final assault on Muammar Gaddafi's home town as they capture the main hospital, University and the Ouagadougou conference centre in the city. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) (Majid Saeedi/AFP/Getty Images)

Libyan forces have seized key buildings in the Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte as street fighting in the former leader's hometown leaves scores of people dead.

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.

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