Unrest in Libya's Misrata, Tripoli

Published on Friday 27th May 2011

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have launched a fresh effort to regain control of rebel-held Misrata, Libya's third largest city.Reuters news agency says fierce fighting between pro-government forces and rebels is underway on the city's Western outskirts, Friday.  Separately, the French News Agency quotes NATO's Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard as saying pro-Gadhafi forces have laid landmines around the city. Meanwhile, a series of explosions rocked the Libyan capital, Tripoli, late Thursday.  Some of the blasts occurred near Gadhafi's residential compound. However, the specific targets from the suspected NATO airstrikes were not immediately identified. Earlier Thursday, Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi offered a truce with rebels but ruled out Gadhafi's departure - a key demand of the opposition and NATO.  Also, Britain said it would deploy Apache helicopter gunships against Gadhafi's forces in Libya as part of NATO's operations. France has already indicated it will send attack helicopters to the North African country.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.



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