Snipers targeting children in Libya city: UNICEF

UN was unable to say how many children have been wounded, killed in Misrata.

Updated: Apr 08, 2011, 16:24 PM IST

Geneva: The UN children`s agency says snipers are targeting children in the besieged rebel-held Libyan city of Misrata.

UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado told reporters in Geneva on Friday that the global body has received "reliable and consistent reports of children being among the people targeted by snipers in Misrata”.

She was unable to say how many children have been wounded or killed by snipers in Libya`s third-largest city.

The UN has warned of a dire situation in the rebels` last major foothold in the Gaddafi-controlled western half of Libya.

It says hundreds of people in Misrata have been killed and wounded and that residents are running short of water, food and medicine.

Bureau Report