BEIRUT - Rebels said four civilians were
killed in Misrata on Monday in renewed heavy bombardments by
Muammar Gaddafi's forces, but that insurgents made progress on
the ground during the day's fighting.
Gemal Salem, a spokesman for the insurgents, also said the
death toll from Sunday's shelling had risen to 25 as some of
those who had been critically wounded had died. He did not say
whether that figure included rebel fighters.
"The shelling today killed 4 civilians and wounded five.
This is just the preliminary result, we think it is higher," he
told Reuters from the city.
He said Gaddafi's forces were bombarding eastern, western,
southern and central parts of Misrata. He also accused them of
using cluster bombs, echoing an allegation by the U.S.-based
Human Rights Watch last week. The Libyan government, which denies shelling civilians, has
also denied this allegation.
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