Rebels say 17 dead as Misrata hit by rockets
April 18, 2011 17:19
BEIRUT - Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi bombarded Misrata with rockets and artillery on Monday and 17 people were killed in the previous day's shelling of the besieged Libyan city, a rebel spokesman said.
As the fighting raged, a ship put into the Misrata port and took off nearly 1,000 migrant workers and wounded Libyans, who had been waiting to leave in ever-worsening conditions.
Libya's third-largest city -- the insurgents' last major stronghold in the west of the country -- has been under siege by pro-Gaddafi troops for about seven weeks. Hundreds of people are believed to have been killed in Misrata and thousands of migrants are stranded there.