Rebels surrounding the oil town of Brega now face "negligible" resistance from the remnants of Libyan leader Moammar Qadafi's forces inside the town, a military spokesperson said on Saturday.
"The only thing that is holding back the free Libya forces are the mines," said Colonel Ahmed Omar Bani. "Removal of these mines is a process that will take a few more days."
"As far as any resistance inside Brega, it is negligible," he added.
The rebel troops have held a 35-kilometer-long front around the town's east and south for much of the offensive which began 10 days ago, with small tactical groups occasionally probing the town.
But commanders within the rebel forces have given differing accounts of the amount of resistance they face, with estimates of Qaddafi's troop numbers placed at anywhere between 200 and 1,000.
Bani insisted a final push would be possible as soon as the mines are cleared.
Libyan rebels advance on Brega