'Misrata battle killed 18 residents on Tuesday'

ALGIERS - Forces loyal to Libyan leader

Muammar Gaddafi killed 18 civilians in the city of Misrata on
Tuesday and the troops are still shelling and fighting
skirmishes with rebels, a rebel spokesman said.
But a blockade of Misrata's Mediterranean port by
pro-Gaddafi forces has now ended, allowing two ships to deliver
humanitarian aid and evacuate people wounded in the fighting,
the spokesman told Reuters by telephone.