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Evacuees speak of horror of Misrata

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Evacuees speak of horror of Misrata


The misery of Misrata continues with no relief in sight, although the Libyan rebels say they are making progress along the coast road leading west to Brega.

There Gaddafi loyalists have taken up positions inside houses within the town to gain protection from air strikes, while the rebels are in exposed positions around the town. They are also subjected to daily bombardments on the road linking Brega to Ajdabiyah, from where their supplies arrive.

Meanwhile some of the injured in Misrata are being evacuated, but it is taking place under a rain of rockets. Rebels say Gaddafi is targeting the port area where refugees gather to scare ships away, and there have been hundreds of civilian casualties. Those arriving in Tunisia say the fighting is getting worse every day, and heavier weapons are being used against residential areas.

In Benghazi the contrast could not be greater; the feeling is of a free city, but everyone knows that will only really come when Gaddafi goes.

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