March 30, 2011 / 1:35 PM / in 9 years

Misrata battle killed 18 residents on Tuesday:rebels

ALGIERS, March 30 (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi killed 18 civilians in the city of Misrata on Tuesday and the troops are still shelling and fighting skirmishes with rebels, a rebel spokesman said.

But a blockade of Misrata’s Mediterranean port by pro-Gaddafi forces has now ended, allowing two ships to deliver humanitarian aid and evacuate people wounded in the fighting, the spokesman told Reuters by telephone. (Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Ralph Boulton)

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