Rebels warn of 'massacre' in Misrata

2011-04-14 14:04

Algiers - Libyan rebels have warned of an impending "massacre" in Misrata by troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi if Nato does not intensify its attacks on government forces, and said shelling continued in the city centre.

"A massacre ... will take place here if Nato does not intervene strongly," a rebel spokesperson who identified himself as Abdelsalam told Reuters by telephone.

Gaddafi loyalists were still firing shells on Tripoli Street, a thoroughfare which cuts to the city centre from the western outskirts, he said.

A heavy rocket assault on a residential area near the rebel-controlled port had also prevented a Qatari vessel from docking, Abdelsalam added.

It was not immediately clear what the ship was carrying.