Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government rest after they recaptured houses from Islamic State militants in Ghiza Bahriya district in Sirte, Libya November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
Reuters: Libyan forces edge forward against Islamic State holdouts in Sirte
Libyan forces resumed their advance on Thursday against Islamic State militants holding out in a few streets in their former stronghold of Sirte, saying they had captured 25 houses and a stash of arms.
Backed by U.S. air strikes, the Libyan brigades have reduced the area held by the jihadists to a small patch of land near Sirte's Mediterranean seafront after a campaign of more than six months.
Lately, they say, they have been advancing with more caution in the Ghiza Bahriya district to limit casualties among their own fighters and among any hostages and families still held there.
"According to our information there are still civilians including women and children inside," Mohamed al-Gasri, a spokesman for the brigades, told private TV station Libya's Channel. "The instructions are not to rush in, in order to limit the damage."
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