There is little, if any, doubt the rebel held Libyan city of Misrata has come under sustained attack for a third successive day. According to the rebels, forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi have fired at least 100 rockets.
But the government has denied claims by Humans Rights Watch that it has used cluster bombs on residential areas.
“We challenge them to prove it. To use these bombs, you know the evidence will remain for days and weeks. And we know the international community is coming en masse in our country soon. So we can’t do this,” said Libyan government spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim.
At least three people are said to have been killed in today’s fighting. With Misrata under siege, residents who can have been making their way out of the city. Misrata is the rebel’s only major bastion in the western part of Libya. But there has also been fierce fighting in and around Brega.
Nato’s bombing campaign has allowed the rebels to make some advances. Rebel leaders say their forces are now on the fringes of Ajdabiyah and may soon be in a position to retake the town.