More dispatches from Misurata

25 April 2011

The Misurata Freedom Group (MFG) report near continuous and “random” shelling of residential areas from suspected government positions around Tummina to the south. A residential area east of the city (Ashwara) was subjected to a three hour artillery barrage early this morning, possibly wounding a number of civilians. A man has been killed and a French journalist is in a critical condition after apparently having been caught up in an attack on the hospital orchestrated by “fifth columnists” working for the Libyan government.

The MFG cite other reports of a possible Scud missile that left a crater 5m deep (reported earlier by Abdul Jalil, leader of the National Council of Libya on Kuwaiti  TV) and the possible build up of a large attacking force augmented by mercenaries from Mauritania, Colombia, Chad among others.

The port facilities have been hit by artillery fire, but remain functional.

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