Here’s the update from Misrata for the 4th and 5th of May, thanks to Wefaq Libya and FreedomgroupTV. Thanks to ChangeInLibya for the translation!
“Yesterday, the main event was a battle between revolutionaries and Gaddafi forces at the Misrata airport Freedom fighters were at Ghiran near Sikka road hiding behind some sand dunes and other items, and Gaddafi forces were on a much higher hill top nearby. They started shooting at the revolutionaries and shelling them with mortars etc., but because of their height, freedom fighters couldn’t return fire for a while. Thankfully, someone managed to sneak behind the Gaddafi forces and managed to shoot RPGs and other missiles at them, and this led the Gaddafi forces to leave their high positions and run straight to the freedom fighters in front of them, and they were effectively ambushed. There was a very fierce battle and the two sides were separated by a few metres only – however we managed to surround them. And the majority of Gaddafi forces were killed using anti-aircraft cannons, while the rest were captured.”
“As for today, Misrata was mostly quiet and the city was not shelled with GRAD rockets and mortars for the first time. This is due to the fact that Gaddafi forces are starting to retreat, as they do not have enough supplies to continue fighting. The lack of supplies is due to NATO’s effective bombing runs and the fact the freedom fighters are attacking more often.”
“Tonight, the city is still mostly quiet and there is very little bombardment, while battles continue in the outskirts. The main fronts are the airport to the south, Dafniyah to the west and Shanteen buildings to the East.”
“Many ships managed to dock today, and much needed humanitarian aid arrived, but the port is still closed for security reasons. NATO jets are still circling above the city and there is a heavy presence, but we didn’t hear any strikes yet.”
“Civilians are worried about infiltrators such as Gaddafi spies, which made freedom fighters increase the curfew duration. This means that civilians are asked to stay home from 10pm to 8am for the next week so that they are not harmed. The city still has no electricity, running water, a working sewage system and is still short on most medicines.”
(ChangeInLibya adds: ACCORDING TO THE UPDATE there were no helicopters, contrary to what Arabiya and others said today. But I can’t be 100% sure. The LPC to LibyaAlHurra confirmed a helo attack on the port with two casualties. No further details though.)