Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi shelled an area on the outskirts of the western city of Misrata on Friday and casualties included three children, a rebel told Reuters.
"There was shelling this morning and almost all of the day. It targeted a residential area in the outskirts of Misrata called Al Jazeera. Six people were killed including three sisters aged 2, 5 and 12 years old," rebel Saadoun said by phone.
"This residential compound is northwest of Misrata and they attacked it with mortars and tanks."
He said about 10 to 12 tanks entered the city centre on Friday evening around the area of Tripoli Street.