02/10/2011 15:07 BST | Updated 02/12/2011 10:12 GMT

Libya: Hundreds Of Residents Flee Besieged Sirte

Streams of civilians are fleeing the besieged Libyan city of Sirte, ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi's birthplace.

Hundreds of residents, in vehicles packed with belongings, are queuing at checkpoints leading out of the city.

Transitional authority forces say they are observing a truce to encourage the remaining civilians to get out, before launching a final assault.