With some rebels in Libya’s besieged town Misrata saying they can only hold out for two or three more days if they do not get more help, the situation on the ground is getting more serious by the hour.
A number of Non-Governmental Organisations have confirmed the city is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster.
“I’ve certainly seen cluster bombs, in the centre of town, some munitions, Spanish made. We’ve identified those, so yes, cluster munitions have been used in the centre of town and in the other civilian neighbourhoods, both in the east near the port and in the west. I’ve seen a lot of evidence of indiscriminate rocket fire, Grad rockets, which are totally indiscriminate. There were some places where people who had fled their homes had gone to take shelter in certain neighbourhoods…those neighbourhoods came under attack so people have been killed and injured in those neighbourhoods,” said Amnesty International researcher Donatella Rovera.
There are reports Gaddafi forces are getting supplies from over the Tunisian frontier, while Misrata’s only link with the outside world is by sea. One Greek ship, which is heading to the port, will have to unload its medicines under fire.