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Gaddafi troops step up attacks in Libya
Tue, 03 May 2011 12:10:32 GMT
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An unidentified person runs away from a shelled checkpoint near the port area of Misratah, Libya, May 2, 2011.
Forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi have reportedly stepped up their attacks on revolutionary troops in the country's Western Mountain region.

At least 10 Grad rockets landed on the town of Zintan late on Monday, Abdulrahman, a spokesman for revolutionary fighters, told Reuters by telephone.

Regime forces also pounded Berber towns in the Western Mountains, close to the border with Tunisia.

The towns have joined the anti-Gaddafi uprising that erupted two months ago.

Revolutionary fighters and refugees say people in those towns are on the brink of starvation.

Meanwhile, further east in the besieged coastal town of Misratah, fighting erupted once again on Monday near the city's airport, which remains under the control of Gaddafi forces.

No detail of the attack has been reported yet.

Revolutionary forces say NATO has all but forgotten about them and this has emboldened pro-Gaddafi forces to continue their bombardment of revolutionary cities.

A hospital medic told Reuters that at least 110 civilians and revolutionary troops have been killed in Misratah and more than 350 wounded since April 24.

Also on Monday, supporters of Gaddafi gathered in Tripoli for the funeral of the Libyan ruler's 29-year-old son Saif al-Arab.

The government says a NATO air raid on Saturday killed him and three of Gaddafi's young grandchildren.

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