Gaddafi forces shell Misrata, explosions heard rebels say

April 6, 2011 22:30

TUNIS - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi shelled Misrata on Wednesday and one resident was killed in clashes, rebels said, calling for tougher NATO action as loud explosions rocked the besieged city.

"There was fighting on three fronts today, the port in the east, the center around Tripoli street and the west of the city. Mortars, tank fire, and artillery were used to shell those areas," the rebel called Abdelsalam said by telephone. "Medical sources told me one person was killed and five were injured."

Like many cities, Misrata rejected Gaddafi's rule in a revolt in February. In a violent crackdown, Gaddafi forces retook most of western Libya, leaving Misrata cut off and surrounded, with dwindling supplies.

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