Gaddafi's tanks reach center of Misrata

By REUTERS
March 20, 2011 15:33

ALGIERS - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have entered the center of the rebel-held city of Misrata with tanks, and several people have been killed by gunfire, residents said on Sunday. "Two people were killed so far today by snipers. They (snipers) are still on the rooftops. They are backed with four tanks, which have been patrolling the town. It's getting very difficult for people to come out," one resident, called Sami, told Reuters by telephone.

"There are also boats encircling the port and preventing aid from reaching the town."

Abdelbasset, a spokesman for the rebels in Misrata, told Reuters: "There is fighting between the rebels and Gaddafi's forces. Their tanks are in the center of Misrata ... There are so many casualties we cannot count them."


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