MISRATA - Six Libyan rebel fighters were killed on Sunday by a government artillery barrage near the rebel-held city of Misrata, an ambulance worker and a fighter told Reuters.
The ambulance worker, at the Hekma hospital in central Misrata, said the six were killed near the front line in the Dafniyah district west of the city.
The fighter, who gave his name as Nidal, said the six dead were part of a raiding party that was pushing from Misrata towards the neighbouring town of Zlitan when they clashed forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Misrata, Libya's third-biggest city, is about 200 km (130 miles) east of the capital, Tripoli. Rebels have pushed forces loyal to Gaddafi out of the city, and are battling with them in farmland beyond the city limits.