|Published:||Apr 24, 2011 7:56 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 24, 2011 4:56 PM EDT|
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - The Libyan government says its army has been holding fire in Misrata since Friday, but residents and Tunisia's state news agency report otherwise.
A doctor in the besieged western city says at least 28 people have been killed and 85 wounded in fighting over the last two days. And a resident says Gadhafi loyalists fired dozens of rockets at Misrata today.
A group of 90 injured Libyans has been evacuated from Misrata to Tunisia on a Qatari ship that reached the Tunisian port of Sousse on Saturday night. Tunisia's state news agency TAP says that four passengers are seriously hurt. The ship carried a total of 127 Libyans and 11 Tunisians.
Libyan officials have said the military is pulling back in Misrata, to allow local tribal chiefs to negotiate with rebels.
Meanwhile, NATO says a U.S. Predator drone destroyed a multiple rocket launcher in the Misrata area yesterday.
The NATO operation's deputy commander also describes a Predator strike in the capital, Tripoli, which he says managed to avoid civilian casualties. Rear Adm. Russ Harding says the drone destroyed a surface-to-air missile, but it's operators delayed the attack after they spotted a group of civilians playing football.
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