Tripoli: Muammar Gaddafi`s forces attacked two west Libyan towns, killing dozens while rebels were pinned down in the east.
In the latest fighting on Tuesday, the embattled Libyan leader`s tanks shelled the rebel-held western town of Misrata and casualties included four children killed when their car was hit, residents said, adding the death toll for Monday alone had reached 40.
Residents painted a grim picture of the situation in Misrata which has been under siege by Gaddafi loyalists for weeks, with doctors operating on people with bullet and shrapnel wounds in hospital corridors and tanks in the city centre.
"The situation here is very bad. Tanks started shelling the town this morning ," a resident, called Mohammed , said, adding: "Snipers are taking part in the operation too. A civilian car was destroyed killing four children on board, the oldest is aged 13 years."
Explosions and anti-aircraft rounds rang out around Tripoli for a third time overnight, and Libyan state television said several sites in the capital had come under attack by what it called the "crusader enemy" .
A news correspondent taken to a naval facility in east Tripoli by Libyan officials saw four Soviet-made missile carrier trucks which were destroyed. They were parked inside a building whose roof had collapsed, leaving piles of smouldering rubble.