ALGIERS - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are bringing civilians from nearby towns to the rebel-held city of Misrata to use as human shields, a rebel spokesman told Reuters on Monday.
The report could not be independently verified and there was no immediate comment from Libyan officials. The spokesman also said seven people were killed in Misrata in fighting on Sunday, while a resident put the figure at eight.
The Misrata resident also told Reuters that armed pro-Gaddafi forces, dressed in civilian clothes, were in the centre of the city. He said the city, 200 km (130 miles) east of Tripoli, was surrounded by Gaddafi's troops and water supplies were still cut off.