The Libyan port of Misrata has been closed after shelling by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, the Reuters news agency reported on Thursday.
A rebel spokesman was quoted as saying that “over 200 missiles fell on the port, including residential neighbourhoods.”
He added that the port had been shut for most of the day because of the attacks.
Misrata, the only rebel stronghold in western Libya, has been the scene of intense fighting as Gaddafi’s men battle to take back control of the city. At least 13 people died there on Thursday.
Eyewitness accounts from that part of the country are difficult to verify because foreign journalists are prevented from moving around freely.