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Libya's Misrata 'under heavy bombardment'

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Libya's Misrata 'under heavy bombardment'

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Libya’s third largest city Misrata was reported to be again under heavy bombardment on Sunday despite the country’s deputy foreign minister saying military operations there had been suspended for 48 hours to allow local tribal leaders to negotiate with rebels.

Earlier anti-Gadaffi forces had celebrated the pullback of government troops amid hopes that a nearly two-month long siege was over.

Hundreds have been killed in the fighting for Misrata, raising fears of a humanitarian crisis.

An exodus continues from the besieged city. Evacuees are being taken from there to Benghazi in the east on board ships sent to rescue them from the fighting.

The International Organisation for Migration brought out more than 900, including 19 injured people needing urgent medical care.

And a vessel chartered by the Red Cross transported around 500 migrant workers.

As many as 2,000 people are still stranded in Misrata.