Misrata Death Toll Hits 17: Fierce Fighting In Last Major Rebel Foothold In Western Libya

Misrata Death Toll Hits 17: Fierce Fighting In Last Major Rebel Foothold In Western Libya

AJDABIYA, Libya — Holding out under a rain of shelling and sniper fire, Libyan rebels fought Moammar Gadhafi’s forces Sunday in close-quarters battles in the city center of Misrata, the last major rebel foothold in western Libya. Seventeen people were killed, an NGO worker and an opposition activist said.

Government troops have been laying siege to the city on Libya’s Mediterranean coast for weeks, prompting repeated international warnings of a dire humanitarian situation as well as calls for NATO forces to intensify airstrikes on Gadhafi’s forces there.

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