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Gaddafi's forces bomb Misrata as AU plans ceasefire

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Gaddafi's forces bomb Misrata as AU plans ceasefire

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Libyan government forces have launched attacks on the western city of Misrata with rebels claiming five people have been killed and 20 injured.

It is being reported Misrata was hit by Russian-made Grad rockets early in the morning. The city, a solitary rebel base in the west, has been under siege for weeks.

Amid the fighting, African Union mediators have arrived in Benghazi to speak with anti-Gaddafi supporters as they attempt to establish a ceasefire.

South African President Jacob Zuma has called on NATO to stop all air strikes on government targets to give a ceasefire a chance.

NATO aircraft are still over Libya and Britain has said that any halt to the violence must be genuine and that it would continue to take military action to protect civilians.

According to the African Union, Gaddafi has accepted a peace ‘road map’.