Rebel Forces Dismayed At Deadline Extension

Commanders of anti-Gaddafi forces preparing to attack Sirte from the east are dismayed after the country's interim leader gave the Gaddafi stronghold another week to surrender.

There had been an ultimatum of midnight on Friday for people in the town to lay down their weapons - and the rebels had been gearing up for an assault for Saturday.

But that deadline has been extended for seven days by National Transitional Council (NTC) chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil in the capital Tripoli.