Sunday, April 17, 2011

Libya: Misrata, a city under siege

I reached Misrata today after an 18-hour journey by sea. As we approached the port, it appeared that we might have to turn back because the area near the port was coming under heavy rocket fire from Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi’s armed forces.

Several journalists were also on board our ship, including reporters from major international media from the US, the UK and France, as well as some freelancers. At last, through these efforts the wider world will come to learn more of what is and has been happening in this besieged port city, home to more than 300,000 people.

As we waited offshore we were alongside other boats, bringing much needed medical and other humanitarian supplies, that were also waiting off the coast until the artillery shelling came to a stop.

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