NATO Strike Kills Rebels as Jets Pound Misrata

Rebels say 11 fighters killed by NATO bombing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2011 4:04 AM CDT
Burned cars are seen beneath a plume of black smoke in Misrata, Libya, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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(Newser) – NATO jets pounded pro-Gadhafi forces moving to attack Misrata yesterday but witnesses say one strike ended up killing rebels. Some 11 rebel fighters in the besieged city died when they were bombed by a NATO aircraft, survivors said. A NATO spokesman says he has not yet received any information about the incident.

"NATO forces moved quickly to break up a force advancing on Misrata port," the spokesman said. "Several NATO aircraft were directed to the area, and following careful assessment of the risk to civilians, our pilots struck." The city has suffered some of the heaviest shelling yet over the last few days. "I'm looking around, I can't find a single building that's not either damaged or destroyed," said a CNN reporter on the city's main thoroughfare.

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