Third Largest City In Libya Deprived Of Water And Fuel

Dubai: The Western campaign to stop attacks targeting civilians in Libya seems to have fallen short of stopping Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's calculated carnage. Misrata, the third largest city in the country, 200km to the east of Tripoli, lived through its worst day after the current unrest began with unrelenting bombardment knocking out water supply facilities and fuel stations in the city of 500,000. Sa'adon Al Misrati, spokesman for the February 17th Revolutionary Coalition in Misrata, told Gulf News that yesterday was another day of suffering for the people of the city.

The UAE relief team continues to provide aid to refugees fleeing from Libya in Ras Jdir camp in Tunisia.

The Western campaign to stop attacks targeting civilians in Libya seems to have fallen short of stopping Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's calculated carnage.

Misrata, the third largest city in the country, 200km to the east of Tripoli, lived through its worst day after the current unrest began with unrelenting bombardment knocking out water supply facilities and fuel stations in the city of 500,000.

Sa'adon Al Misrati, spokesman for the February 17th Revolutionary Coalition in Misrata, told Gulf News that yesterday was another day of suffering for the people of the city.

"Gaddafi showed no mercy towards the civilians who refused to leave the city. We urge Western countries to hit Gaddafi's tank and artillery launchers bombarding the city. Gaddafi is planning to burn homes of the city's residents. Snipers of Gaddafi have been stationed on buildings to kill any moving creature. The world has to stop this man, who is getting crazy," Al Misrati said.

He said the city has been encircled by Gaddafi's boats from the sea to stop humanitarian aid from reaching its inhabitants with tanks stationed on the main roads leading to the Martyr Square in the city centre.

"We call on humanitarian agencies to break the blockade on the city. The main hospital in Misrata is about to collapse due to lack of basic medical supplies. The city is big and residents here need to have access to medical services. For some residents, medical services is badly needed and the lack of basic services is equal to sentencing them to die."

He said US cruise missile attacks by night had destroyed radar and anti-aircraft units fringing the city along the Mediterranean Sea. A military compound in the south of Misrata had also been destroyed, he said. "We have no count of Gaddafi forces casualities, but what we are sure about is the nervousness of his troops in attacking Misrata on Sunday morning, less than eight hours after the US attack."

In Benghazi, health sources told Gulf News that Gaddafi's militias and mercenaries had killed 90 people in the city during incursions on Saturday, hours before the French planes launched attacks.

Among the dead was Mohammad Nabbos, the journalist in charge of the Free Libya TV channel broadcasting from Benghazi.

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