8 Libyans killed in battle for Misratah

8 Libyans killed in battle for Misratah
# 10 April 2011 03:05 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. At least eight people have been killed and several others injured during clashes between pro-Gaddafi forces and revolutionaries in the Libyan town of Misratah, APA reports quoting Press TV.

Forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi have laid siege to Misratah and shelled the city for weeks, resulting in heavy civilian casualties.

In addition, NATO warplanes launched four airstrikes against the Gaddafi forces near the town on Saturday.

The Libyan opposition has criticized NATO for its failure to respond to the killing of civilians by regime forces in Misratah and other parts of Libya.

Pro-Gaddafi forces are locked in battle with opposition fighters near key Libyan towns.

A heavy attack by government troops has forced the revolutionaries to retreat from their positions near Ajdabiyah -- another strategic town.

Gaddafi’s forces shelled the western outskirts of Ajdabiyah and forced the revolutionaries to retreat from their positions. Several revolutionary fighters have reportedly been injured.

A source in the revolutionaries’ camp in Benghazi says NATO is turning a blind eye to civilian deaths.

The opposition has also threatened to ask the United Nations Security Council to suspend the NATO mission in Libya if the military alliance does not do "its work properly."

The opposition made the statement after NATO warplanes hit the revolutionary fighters’ tanks near Brega on Thursday, killing several people and injuring over a dozen. The alliance admitted to the killings but refused to formally apologize.
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