There are fears for Misrata’s fuel reserves after an attack by pro-Gaddafi forces left the Libyan rebel port’s main terminal in flames.
Several storage tanks were hit, causing a huge fireball to erupt, visible for miles.
Images filmed for euronews showed rebel firefighters trying desperately to put out the blaze – with inadequate equipment.
“All of it has been destroyed,” said one young man wearing an England football shirt, as he pointed out the crippled tanks. “This one was full of fuel, diesel and gasoline. They destroyed them all, they destroyed three of them and the other ones are empty.”
Before the attack, Misrata is said to have had enough supplies to last for three months. It is not known how much fuel is left now.
On Sunday an enormous column of smoke could still be seen rising from the port, as more fighting was reported west of the city.