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21 Killed as Gadhafi Shells Rebel-Held Misrata

Monday, 07 March 2011 09:39 AM

BENGHAZI, Libya — Twenty-one people, including a child, were killed and dozens wounded in Libya's rebel-held city of Misrata during fighting and shelling by Moamer Kadhafi's forces on Sunday, a doctor said.

"There were 21 martyrs. The toll could go up. There are 91 wounded, including nine in a serious condition," the doctor told AFP by telephone from Libya's third-largest city, reluctant to give his name for security reasons.

"The overwhelming majority of them are civilians, including a boy aged two and a half. I don't know what weapon it was but it wasn't gunfire," he said.

Abdul Basit Abu Mziriq, a spokesman for the rebel administration in the city, also told AFP in a telephone call that 21 people had died.

The United Nations has demanded urgent access to "injured and dying" in Misrata after it was shelled by Kadhafi's forces.

"It went on all day, from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm (0500 GMT to 1600 GMT). They fired on civilians and on buildings. The rebels responded and managed to kick Kadhafi's forces out of town," the doctor said.

He also told AFP that regime loyalists had used an ambulance to open fire on people and had also opened fire on an ambulance.

"Humanitarian organisations need urgent access now," UN emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos said Sunday.

"People are injured and dying and need help immediately. I call on the authorities to provide access without delay to allow aid workers to help save lives," the UN official added.

Residents told AFP on Sunday that tanks had shelled downtown Misrata and reported the use of heavy automatic weapon fire.

Firing had been clearly audible over the telephone.

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