Libyan troops capturedby rebels in Misrata said on Saturday the army had been ordered to retreat from the besieged port, marking a possible shift in a two-month revolt against leader Muammar Gaddafi.
According to the rebels, the troops say they have been ordered to pullout of the city. Libya’s government says NATO air strikes might force its army to stop retaking the country’s third largest city, but local tribes are ready to take over the battle.
Libya also says NATO warplanes have struck a bunker near Gaddafi’s compound in central Tripoli, killing three people. But the fierce fighting for control of Misrata is proving to be the main battleground as rebels and forces loyal to Gaddafi engage in urban warfare. Hundreds of civilians have reportedly been killed.