NATO Airstrike Kills Libyan Rebels In Misrata

Originally published on April 28, 2011 12:08 pm
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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

And what can you tell us about that NATO air strike?

MONTAGNE: The rebels, since then, have tried to almost play it down, because to them what's important is the struggle against Gadhafi. But it does show, you know, how difficult it is for NATO to distinguish between Gadhafi's forces and rebels fighting his forces.

MONTAGNE: And what are the general conditions there in Misrata now, regarding food and supplies for most of the people?

MONTAGNE: There's a nervousness because the city is being bombed. But you know, unlike the east where there is an outlet, the city is under siege. We're surrounded on three sides and there's just the port, which now is also being bombed. So it is going to be increasingly difficult, particularly if that port keeps getting hit and there's no outlet.

MONTAGNE: Now, a couple of days ago, we heard the Gadhafi forces were pulling back and that rebels were claiming victory. What about now?

MONTAGNE: They've been driven out, but what's happened now is the siege has remained, but his forces have drawn back and they're simply lobbing in long-range, Grad missiles, they're called - and long-range artillery. Rather like a medieval siege. They're just - it's just pouring into - pounding the city, residential neighborhoods. So these front lines, that siege line, remains the same, but the city is able to breathe a bit more, because you don't have sort of pockets of Gadhafi soldiers here, simply taking pot-shots at anyone who moves.

MONTAGNE: Thank you very much for joining us.

MONTAGNE: Good to talk to you.

MONTAGNE: We've been talking to Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times of London who is in Misrata, Libya. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.