Some of the bloodiest fighting for control of Misrata in Libya has taken place in the last two days. 20 people have been killed in clashes say medics who have struggled to cope with the wounded. Rebels put the number of deaths higher.
There are reports a ten year old boy was killed while sleeping in his bed during the intense overnight shelling by troops loyal to Gaddafi.
Opposition troops have been flushing out his soldiers in street fighting. Many are foreign mercenaries say the rebels who paraded a captured identity card from Niger taken off a dead soldier as proof. Some have been taken prisoner and one revealed his orders.
“They asked us to stay here and not let anyone live,” he said.
The rebels claim they have now pushed Gaddafi’s fighters back to the gates of the city in a bid to seize full control.
A government spokesman said the army was still carrying out its plan to withdraw from Misrata.
Amongst the claims and counter-claims in the only major Western city still in rebel hands there are fears the humanitarian situation is worsening rapidly.