Armed Libyan forces continue to surround the city of Bani Walid, Libya. As tension between government troops and opposition supporters continues to mount, residents have been left without food and other supplies -- and are calling on the UN for help.
The siege of Bani Walid started because the National Congress wants to arrest the suspected murderers of the man credited with capturing Colonel Gaddafi.
The town failed to hand them over, but the siege is too strong a response exposing the government's weakness, says journalist James Corbett.
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The siege of Bani Walid, Libya's ongoing political instability, and the alleged torture of Gaddafi loyalists has left the country a far cry from the vision that western powers had when they supported last year's NATO bombing.
Geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen told RT that there's no stability in Libya compared to before the onset of last year's NATO bombing. But now as Bani Walid asks for UN help, Henningsen says residents shouldn't expect much in terms of assistance.