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BEIRUT, June 8 (Reuters) - Thousands of troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi advanced on the rebel-held western city of Misrata on Wednesday, shelling it from three sides in attacks that killed at least 10 rebels, a rebel spokesman said.
There was no immediate comment from Gaddafi's government.
"Misrata is under heavy shelling ... Gaddafi forces are shelling Misrata from three sides: east, west and south," rebel spokesman Hassan al-Misrati told Reuters from inside the town.
"He has sent thousands of troops from all sides and they are trying to enter the city. They are still outside, though. We have lost 10 rebels and 26 wounded, most of them are critically wounded." (Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Writing by Tim Cocks; editing by Tim Pearce)