In the name of God, most Gracious Most Merciful,
A report on the latest events in the city of Misratah for today, Friday 8th April 2011. Since the morning at around 8.30am, we heard the sounds of loud explosions which some thought were NATO forces striking Gaddafi’s forces, but we didn’t hear the sounds of fighter jets flying over the city of Misratah. After that, we came to know that these were the sound of exploding bombs made by the revolutionaries, also known as “Jelateena”. The revolutionaries detonated these bombs in Tripoli street, and in the Insurance building to be more precise. A mercenary inside the building was captured when he came down and attempted to escape.
The revolutionaries managed to capture him in An Nasr Square after which Gaddafi’s forces attempted to enter Tripoli Street and open a route for reinforcements to reach the snipers which were stationed on the roofs of building.
Gaddafi’s forces attempted to enter with 3 tanks and a huge bulldozer. They tried to remove the shipping crates filled with sand that the revolutionaries placed as a barrier to prevent reinforcement being transported. They also resumed their random bombardment, but the revolutionaries fought back and managed to destroy one tank causing the remaining tanks to withdraw and leave Tripoli Street completely.
Tripoli street is completely closed between Al Guwairi traffic light junction till the Insurance Building. The revolutionaries also managed to push forward some more in Tripoli street and managed to place more shipping crates filled with sand, and specifically near the vegetable market. Thus, they have managed to control another large portion of Tripoli Street, despite the ongoing clashes between them and the snipers in that area which is leading to heavy losses from Gaddafi’s forces.
Regarding the eastern entrance to the city of Misratah composed of the Medical Technology College, the revolutionaries are still cornering the snipers and mercenaries inside the college and preventing reinforcements and supplies from reaching them. Clashes are continuous between both sides till now. Something new that has surfaced is residents speaking about spherical containers present in abundance in the roads and streets near the medical college. These spherical containers are lying on the ground and not buried beneath it. The revolutionaries have said that these are mines which explode automatically on contact. A very large tank was also observed in the Medical college today which fired a few times from inside the building. The random shelling reached the area of Skerat as well.
Regarding the western side of the city of Misratah which is composed of the two areas “Zraig” and “Souwawah”, Gaddafi’s forces retreated this morning and withdrew completely. The revolutionaries swept through these areas until they reached the area known as “Tannarat Zreg”. We do not know if Gaddafi’s forces pushed into the city once again or retreated completely after that. The snipers stationed above the school of “Asma Bint Abi Bakr AsSiddeeq” surrendered today, and that is after they were cornered for a number of days by the residents of the area.
The situation is still the same in the area of “Gzeer”. Gaddafi’s forces are still stationed in “Al Yarmook” school and the revolutionaries are surrounding them and the clashes are continuous up to this moment.
Gaddafi’s forces are still present in the Coastal highway near the Heavy Trucks road with the aim of moving forward and reaching the port. They did not manage to push forward and enter the road as the revolutionaries conducted a heavy attack on Gaddafi’s forces. They managed to destroy 2 tanks and killed a large number of them which resulted in the revolutionaries incurring one martyr and a number of injuries.
The areas of Yaddir and Abbad near Abbad Hospital were bombarded with a number of shells today. We were unable to confirm the location that these shells were fired from. Currently, the sounds of some fighter jets flying over the sky of Misratah can be heard but we have not been able to confirm whether they are from the jets of NATO or not.
Water, electricity and communication networks have been cut off from most areas of the city and the sewage system has been blocked. The city is still suffering from a lack of medicine, medical teams and equipment. Despite these difficult times that the city of Misratah is going through, the morale of the citizens is increasing day after day, especially after the revolutionaries managed to block all the attempts of Gaddafi’s forces to move forward and causing them heavy losses.
And from a victory to another victory. And long live Libya free in the face of tyrants and praise be to God and God is Greater
May Peace, Blessings and Mercy of God be upon you