April 7, 2011 / 5:01 PM / 9 years ago

Libyan rebels fight govt snipers in Misrata

TUNIS, April 7 (Reuters) - Libyan rebels fought with government snipers in the besieged city of Misrata on Thursday and managed to push some back from their positions near the centre, a political activist said.

Mohamad Jaber said fighting had been on and off and that NATO planes had appeared over the city.

“The rebels fought with the snipers today and had a tough battle. They have managed to push them back from some parts of Tripoli Street. This is a major development,” he said by phone from Misrata.

He added that some snipers had been killed but he did not have figures.

A rebel spokesman called Nasser also said there were clashes around the Tripoli Street area and one resident was killed in the fighting.

“There were clashes on several fronts today, including in the city centre which was shelled by mortars indiscriminately,” he said by phone. “I am at the hospital and can tell you that one person was killed and 17 people were injured today. This is according to a list given to me by doctors.”

Reporting by Mariam Karouny and Joseph Nasr; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian

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