|Misrata under shelling by Gaddafi forces|
MISRATA, Libya – After the rumours about the possible chemical weapon use against Libyan rebels’ stronghold Misrata; Libya’s defiant leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi's forces used tanks to shell the besieged western town of Misrata on Monday.
Libyan activist Rida al-Montasser told that the latest onslaught came after Gaddafi forces brought their artillery to the western gates of Misrata and the shelling started up early Monday morning and only paused with the threat of NATO airstrikes, he said.
Over the past two months hundreds have been died in Misrata as Col. Gaddafi has attempted to retake the control of the only major rebel stronghold in the western part of the country. Rebels repelled Gaddafi forces out of several areas in the centre of the city about a week ago, but they have responded with persistent shelling from the bounds.