Heavy fighting near Misrata airport, rebel spokesman says

May 8, 2011 19:25

ALGIERS - Rebels in the Libyan city of Misrata were engaged in intense fighting on Sunday with government forces near the airport, and a NATO air strike hit the east of the city, a rebel spokesman told Reuters.

"Fierce fighting is taking place now at the airport and in the air force college area (near the airport). We are still hearing sounds of artillery and rockets," the spokesman, called Abdelsalam, said from Misrata.

"NATO struck an area in the east of Misrata today but we do not have details," he said.

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