Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Qaddafi Forces Breach Misrata Front Line During Heavy Fighting

July 12 (Bloomberg) -- Forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi attacked the Libyan city of Misrata, breaching the opposition’s front line to the west and killing 11 rebel fighters, military officials in the rebel-held enclave said.

The aim of yesterday’s assault was to capture a strategic hill that gives views over the city, said Hassan Duew, a rebel commander. Qaddafi’s soldiers were pushed back and the front line remains in place. There was no comment from the government on the fighting or whether its forces sustained casualties.

“They advanced 300 meters over the front line,” Duew said in an interview late yesterday.

Misrata, about 170 kilometers (100 miles) from the capital, Tripoli, is the main rebel-held city in western Libya and has been under siege for most of the uprising that began in February. The attack comes four days after rebel forces pushed west to within 3 kilometers of the nearby government-held town of Zlitan, where they are now dug in.

Duew said rebels were angry that there was no sign of any North Atlantic Treaty Organization assistance during the battle, which saw a heavy bombardment by government rockets and mortar bombs. “Every day 10 die, 11 die,” he said. “Where is NATO?”

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Stephen in Misrata through the Dubai newsroom at barden@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.