April 29, 2011 / 12:41 PM / 9 years ago

NATO says Gaddafi forces mine Misrata harbour

BRUSSELS, April 29 (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had placed mines at Misrata harbour to block humanitarian aid access to the city, a NATO official said on Friday.

“Only this morning ... an incident took place in which it became apparent some vessels, which we assume were pro-Gaddafi forces, were laying mines near the harbour,” Brigadier Rob Weighill told reporters.

“This is another clear demonstration of the Gaddafi regime completely ignoring international law and also an effort prevent humanitarian assistance going into Misrata to help the beleaguered population.”

Reporting by Justyna Pawlak; editing by Rex Merrifield

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