'Misrata battle killed 18 residents on Tuesday'

ALGIERS - Forces loyal to Libyan leaderMuammar Gaddafi killed 18 civilians in the city of Misrata onTuesday and the troops are still shelling and fightingskirmishes with rebels, a rebel spokesman said.

But a blockade of Misrata's Mediterranean port bypro-Gaddafi forces has now ended, allowing two ships to deliverhumanitarian aid and evacuate people wounded in the fighting,the spokesman told Reuters by telephone.
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