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Libya: more bloodshed in battle for Misrata

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Libya: more bloodshed in battle for Misrata

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There are reports of heavy fighting in the key Libyan city of Misrata 200 kilometres east of the capital Tripoli.

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A witness in Misrata said the town is under control of anti-Gaddafi protesters, who have been fighting off counter-attacks from pro-government forces.

The source told the Reuters news agency that battles for Misrata’s military airbase started last night and are continuing, though the protesters are said to hold a large part of the base where there is ammunition.

Rebels are also reported to have shot-down a military aircraft and captured the crew as it was firing on a radio station in the city.