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The blast had thrown him into the air and he almost passed out from the excruciating pain in his leg. Amid the smoke and flames, Murad Ali Mohammed knew that he would die if he did not reach cover. But as he dragged himself behind a wall there was a blast of gunfire, the bullets smashing into the arm he had raised protectively across his face.

Libyan troops shell rebel-held city

Troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are shelling the rebel-held city of Ajdabiya, a strategic eastern town that has been the scene of intense fighting in recent weeks.

Misrata becomes Libya's Stalingrad

The brutality of attacks on the rebel city reveal how important reclaiming the port is to Col Gaddafi

A desperate escape by sea for Misrata's terrified refugees

It had been a long wait and, until the very last moment, there was the fear that they would not get out.

Allies say Gaddafi must go

A fresh hail of government rockets crashed into Misrata today after Western allies denounced a "medieval siege" of the city and vowed to keep bombing Muammar Gaddafi's forces until he stepped down

Anger and grief as Gaddafi continues his savage assault

Libyan civilians are struggling to survive in the civil war's most violent battlefield

Libya rebels say Nato must stop Misrata 'massacre'

Libyan rebels begged for more Nato air strikes today, saying they faced a massacre from government artillery barrages on the besieged city of Misrata, but Western allies squabbled over the air campaign.

Deadly struggle for survival is waged in west of Libya

Rebel fighters in Misrata are pursuing their liberation with determined efficiency

Gaddafi's forces continue their savage assault on besieged city

The last rebel stronghold in the west of the country is a symbol of defiance. Kim Sengupta reports from Misrata

Libyan rebels reject African Union peace plan

Libyan rebels swiftly rejected an African Union peace initiative today, saying there could be no deal to end a two-month-old civil war unless Muammar Gaddafi left power.

Libyan rebels fight Gaddafi forces for strategic town

Libyan rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi battled for control of the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiyah on Sunday after government troops fought their way inside.

Five rebels 'killed in Nato strike in Libya'

A NATO air strike killed at least five rebels near the Libyan port of Brega today, medics said, and insurgents reported Muammar Gaddafi's forces killed five more in a bombardment of besieged Misrata.

Libya rebels battle Gaddafi forces in oil town

Libyan rebels put their best troops in to battle Muammar Gaddafi's forces for the eastern oil town of Brega on Sunday while Western warplanes flew overhead and the sound of explosions ripped through the air.

Rebels retreat from Libya oil port under attack

Libyan rebels fled in headlong retreat from the superior arms and tactics of Muammar Gaddafi's troops on Wednesday, exposing the insurgents' weakness without Western air strikes to tip the scales in their favour.

Five Libyan diplomats expelled over Gaddafi links

The Government has expelled five diplomats from the Libyan embassy in London because they "could pose a threat" to national security.

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