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Libya:Rebels under heavy fire from Gaddafi’s forces in Misrata and Ajdabiyah + VIDEO

Monday, April 18, 2011

Laaska News April 18,2011
BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhuanet) — Fighting continues on the ground in Libya. Rebels came under heavy fire on Sunday from troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in Misrata and Ajdabiyah. It’s dented their hopes of pushing west to try to end a stalemate in the civil war.

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Conditions inside Misrata, Libya’s third-largest city are becoming increasingly desperate.

Rebels say Muammar Gaddafi’s forces shelled the city early Sunday morning, killing six people.

At least 47 people were also wounded in the bombardment of the insurgents’ last major stronghold in the west of the country.

Local residents say the city is being targeted by the firepower of Gaddafi’s forces day and night.

Western countries accuse the government forces of using cluster bombs, causing civilian casualties.

The Libyan government has rejected the allegations.

On the same day, repeated explosions and machinegun fire could be heard near Ajdabiyah, a gateway to Libya’s rebel-held east.

The government forces fired rockets at rebels stationed along the edge of the town. The town is of strategic importance for the rebels, who want to use it a staging post to retake the oil port of Brega.

On Saturday,some rebels made it into the outskirts of Brega, 80 kilometers to the west, but many others retreated to Ajdabiyah when they came under the attack of rocket fire from the government forces.

Sunday marks a month since the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution authorising the use of force to protect civilians in Libya, leading to an international air campaign.

But despite NATO air strikes against Gaddafi’s forces, rebels have been unable to hold gains in weeks of back-and-forth fighting over the coastal towns in eastern Libya.

The western powers say they will not stop bombing Gaddafi’s forces until he leaves power, but they have ruled out sending ground troops.

(Source: CNTV.cn)

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