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Battle for Misrata hots up

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Coalition air strikes have today concentrated on relieving the Libyan opposition’s last sizeable western outpost – Misrata.

The rebels are battling for control of Libya’s third-largest city with Gaddafi loyalists. They hold the western and eastern gates, and have snipers in the centre shooting at anything that moves.

But air power has all but silenced Gaddafi’s artillery that was pounding Misrata earlier. Residents say over 100 civilians have been killed in the last week.

Libyan officials deny they have cut power and water supplies, but both are unavailable, and food is running out. Medical supplies have got through via aid agencies, but hospitals are overwhelmed.