‘Fighters in Bani Walid say they are ready to lay down their lives to defend the besieged town of jagged hilltops which gave shelter last year to loyalists of slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
“They’ll have to march over our dead bodies to reach Bani Walid,” said commander Salem Waer who is leading military operations in the oasis town circled by armed groups operating under orders of Libya’s new authorities.
“No one will enter Bani Walid. All of us are fighters in Bani Walid. Either we live with dignity or die with dignity,” vowed the commander.’