Libyan rebels in Misrata lash out at Nato

2011-04-08 12:42

Benghazi – Libyan rebels in Misrata criticised Nato today for what they said was its lack of response to Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, who have relentlessly pounded the city for more than a month.

“We doubt the intentions of Nato. We have informed (Nato) of the positions of Gaddafi’s forces in the city that are far from any civilians,” a spokesman for the rebels told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“We have officially informed Nato and have assumed responsibility for any presence of civilians, but they have not acted so far,” the spokesman said without specifying how the information was passed on to the alliance.

He said Gaddafi’s forces had killed one person and wounded 24 on Wednesday, with another four wounded yesterday.

The spokesman said the fighting was concentrated on the road to Tripoli where snipers were deployed on rooftops, adding that Gaddafi’s forces wanted to take control of the port.

“The humanitarian situation is increasingly complicated,” he said, adding that civilians continued to leave the city.

Yesterday the spokesman for Gaddafi’s regime, Mussa Ibrahim, said that “intensive raids” by Nato had targeted the loyalists, but the rebel spokesman countered him by saying that there was no bombing heard in the city.

Misrata, Libya’s third-largest city, about 215km east of capital Tripoli, has seen continuous fighting for more than 40 days since the start of the uprising against Gaddafi.

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