Air strikes 'hit Gaddafi positions in Misrata'

By REUTERS
March 23, 2011 16:32

 
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ALGIERS - Western air strikes hit Libyan government forces' positions in the rebel-held city of Misrata on Wednesday, silencing an artillery bombardment but not snipers who were firing from rooftops near the hospital, residents said.

Rebels in Misrata who have been fighting for weeks to hold off attacks on Libya's third largest city welcomed the air strikes, saying they would help even out their unequal battle against heavily-armed forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Unlike the main rebel strongholds in the east of Libya, Misrata is encircled by pro-Gaddafi forces. Residents say dozens of people have been killed in tank and artillery bombardments in the past few days.

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