BEIRUT - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fired on a crowd of unarmed people in the center of the rebel-held city of Misrata on Monday, killing at least nine, a resident told Reuters.
"The people of Misrata went into the streets and to the (city) center, unarmed, in an attempt to stop Gaddafi's forces entering the city. When they gathered in the center the Gaddafi forces started shooting at them with artillery and guns. They committed a massacre. The hospital told us at least nine people were killed," the resident, Saadoun, told Reuters by telephone.
The report could not be independently verified because Libyan authorities have prevented reporters from reaching Misrata.