Gaddafi troops attack Misrata's eastern flank

BEIRUT - Libyan government troopsadvanced on Misrata's eastern districts on Friday, triggeringstreet-battles with rebels in the coastal city that forcedresidents to flee the area, a rebel spokesman said.

"They tried to advance and enter the city from the easternside, from an area called Eqseer which is a populated area. Therebels confronted them and clashes are continuing," insurgentspokesman Hassan al-Misrati told Reuters.
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