Friday, April 15, 2011

At least nine civilians killed in bombing Gaddafi's forces in Misrata

Algiers. .- At least nine people were killed and 27 wounded today as a result of the intense bombing of the Libyan town of Misrata by forces loyal to Muammar al-Gaddafi, said the Qatari Al-Jazeera network. A resident in the city, besieged for weeks by gadafistas forces, told the station, which is a provisional death toll because many bodies "are still under the rubble of houses and buildings destroyed by bombing" .

The attack, which used heavy artillery and Grad rockets began to dawn, "the only time of day that are not involved and NATO aircraft," said the resident, identified as a member of the cell information youth revolution of 17 February. At least 80 Grad rockets and dozens of artillery shells were fired at different points in the city, the source said.

Eight civilians were killed and 20 wounded in the Ksar district Ahmed, near the port, while another civilian was killed and seven wounded in Rahomet. In addition, many bodies and body parts remain on the streets, so that the confirmed death toll could rise in the coming hours. The Qatari station has indicated that a rebel spokesman has warned of "a veritable slaughter" unless NATO intensifies its intervention in Misrata, the third largest city and besieged for two months by the forces of Gaddafi, who is bombarded almost daily.

The city, under rebel control, is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster and getting worse every day, given the lack of food, water and electricity cuts and the media. Currently there are international efforts to bring aid to this city, but the Libyan regime threatened earlier this week with a "wild and violent" attack if you send a humanitarian mission to Misrata.

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