Libya: Artillery fire near Libya's Misrata kills four

June 19, 2011 11:41


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Libya - Four rebel fighters were killed on Sunday when their positions west of the city of Misrata came under artillery fire from troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, a Reuters reporter said.

The reporter, at a field hospital near the front line, said he saw the dead and wounded being brought to the hospital in the backs of pick-up trucks.

"Gaddafi's army came forward about one kilometer (mile), they were trying to come to our side, and we are defending the position. That's why we are taking casualties," said rebel fighter Mohammed Ahmed.

He arrived at the field hospital with a wounded fellow fighter in the back of his armored pick-up truck. The wounded man later died on the operating table, taking the death toll for the morning's fighting to two.

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