Libya: Misratah Fighting Rages Despite Claims

Besieged Misratah has continued to be bombarded by rockets and automatic weapons, despite claims Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's army had fled the Libyan city.

The country's deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaim had said the army had suspended operations against rebels in Misratah, but not left the city.

He claimed the regime wanted to enable local tribes to find a peaceful solution.

"The armed forces have not withdrawn from Misratah," he said.

"They have simply suspended their operations.The tribes are determined to solve the problem within 48 hours.

"We believe that this battle will be settled peacefully and not militarily."

But bursts of continual automatic weapons fire could be heard as Grad rockets exploded on the city,

It followed Misratah's bloodiest day of fighting, with 28 dead and 100 wounded, according to Doctor Khalid Abu Falra at Misratah's main private clinic.

He said that compared to an average daily death toll of 11.

A rebel spokesmen in Misratah had earlier said: "Misratah is free, the rebels have won.

"Of Gaddafi's forces, some are killed and others are running away."

Meanwhile, at least three explosions were heard in Tripoli as Nato aircraft flew over the capital. Besieged Misratah has continued to be bombarded by rockets and automatic weapons, despite claims Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's army had fled the Libyan city.

The country's deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaim had said the army had suspended operations against rebels in Misratah, but not left the city.

He claimed the regime wanted to enable local tribes to find a peaceful solution.

"The armed forces have not withdrawn from Misratah," he said.

"They have simply suspended their operations.The tribes are determined to solve the problem within 48 hours.
Sky News