Libyan Rebels Surround Gadhafi's Hometown

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Libyan rebels have surrounded President Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte.

A cease-fire that allowed thousands of people to leave the city has ended. Rebel forces hope to defeat the Gadhafi loyalists after three weeks of fighting in the city.

Gunfire erupted around Sirte Monday. It's one of the last refuges of Gadhafi loyalists. The long-time dictator remains in hiding.

NATO leaders, who have been providing air support to the rebels, are concerned that a cache of SAM-7 missiles held by Gadhafi's army has disappeared. They could be used to shoot down passenger jets.

At the rebel-held checkpoints around Sirte, residents trying to flee the city created a traffic jam.

One man says the situation in Sirte is unbearable. There is no food, no gas, and some people have died because of a lack of medicine.

Leaders of the National Transitional Council are promising to hold elections eight months after the fighting ends. They've also selected a new cabinet.

Meanwhile, there are signs of change in the capital of Tripoli.

David Gerbi, a Libyan Jew, hopes that the next Libyan government will allow more freedom of worship.

"What Gadhafi tried to do is to eliminate the memory of us. He tried to eliminate the amazing language," he said.

"[Gadhafi] tried to eliminate the religion of the Jewish people... he even destroyed the mosque in Misrata," Gerbi added. "So I want to bring our legacy back, I want to give a chance to the Jewish of Libya to come back."

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John Waage

John Waage

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John Waage has covered politics and analyzed elections for CBN News since 1980, including primaries, conventions, and general elections. 

He also analyzes the convulsive politics of the Middle East.