WADI DINAR, Libya — Dozens of cars loaded with Libyan families and personal belongings are streaming out of the key loyalist stronghold of Bani Walid in anticipation of an assault on the town by revolutionary forces.

Former rebels have been battling Gadhafi supporters in Bani Walid since Friday and have captured most of the northern half of the town, some 90 miles (140 kilometers) southeast of Tripoli.

But Gadhafi supporters have put up fierce resistance, fighting former rebels in the streets.

Resident Fadila Salim was driving out of Bani Walid Monday because she was told “the fighting will be very bad.”

Her son, Mohammed Ibrahim, says there is no electricity, no water and shops are running out of food. He says many are “stuck in their houses and afraid to leave.”