Sunday 17 December 2017

20 die as Gaddafi army shells rebel stronghold

Ruth Sherlock in Misrata

Muammar Gaddafi's forces launched a ferocious attack on Misrata on yesterday, killing more than 20 as the port city was pounded with rockets and artillery.

Massive barrages were launched against the city throughout the day.

Hundreds of shells and rockets fell around the village of Dafniyain and tanks attacked rebel positions.

"He was using mortars, tanks, rockets. We could hear NATO in the skies but they didn't bomb," said wounded fighter Faisal Taragha (23).

More than 80 people were injured in the shelling.

"All the hospitals are busy. There are wounded flooding in everywhere. He has no philosophy, just brutality," said Dr Khaled Abu Falgha, who operated on the wounded fighters.

The attack took place as rebel leaders said they planned to co-ordinate attacks with an attempted uprising in Zlitan, the next town east along the coast towards Tripoli. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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