Here is the update from Misrata for the 13th and 14th of May thanks to Wefaq Libya and FreedomgroupTV. Thanks as always to ChangeInLibya for the translation!
“After clearing the airport and Air academy and their liberation, most freedom fighters went west to Aburwaya. Freedom fighters are adamant on liberating the western area completely and battles started in the early morning. By the early afternoon, all Gaddafi soldiers started to retreat after most of them were killed or injured. Freedom fighters completely liberated the western area up to Zliten’s outskirts, and they fortified their positions.”
“In Friday’s battles, 13 freedom fighters were killed but we managed to seize large amts of ammo and weapons. The city was also bombarded by Gaddafi just before Friday prayers, and 2 children were killed & 1 girl lost her leg.”
“As for the Saturday the 14th of May… After liberating the west, freedom fighters moved south where they found some Gaddafi forces in Sikit. These were the forces that fled from the Air Academy and freedom fighters surrounded them completely. Gaddafi forces started shelling the city with tanks and GRAD missiles but they were defeated.”
“After fierce battles, freedom fighters liberated Sikit too and seized an APC and multiple 4×4 vehicles. Many hostages were also freed and these families were evacuated to safer areas in Misrata. However, the families said that there are many more that are still being held hostage by Gaddafi in Bani Walid.”
“In these battles, 2 freedom fighters were killed and we are still checking the area thoroughly for any Gaddafi soldiers.”
“As for the eastern part of Misrata (karareem), freedom fighters managed to push back Gaddafi forces to Tawergha. Freedom fighters tried to advance to Tawergha however Gaddafi soldiers used families as human shields. Most of these human shields are Misrata residents that were kidnapped and therefore freedom fighters did not attack.”
“Misrata still lacks many of the basic necessities such as gas canisters for cooking, medicines, food, fuel.. The city is still shelled from time to time however the shelling decreased and families are returning to their homes.”