Rebel fighters and forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have clashed once again in villages near Misrata.
The renewed fighting comes as NATO denies killing 12 civilians in a town south of the capital Tripoli. Libyan state television claimed that a bus was targeted in yesterday’s air strike.
Rebels were seen firing rocket propelled grenades, missiles, machine guns and rocket launchers in an area some 30 kilometres west of Misrata.
Separately, a series of loud blasts rocked the Libyan leader’s Tripoli compound again at dawn. The area has been the target of repeated NATO air strikes.
Meanwhile, strains have begun to show in the Western alliance trying to topple Gaddafi. Last week, the US Defence Secretary rounded on European allies for failing to back the mission.