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LIBYA: Scud missile attacks on Misurata

August 23, 2011 |  6:46 pm

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Several Scud missiles were fired at the Libyan rebel stronghold of Misurata late Tuesday by forces supporting Moammar Kadafi in his hometown of Surt, the Misurata military council's media center said in a statement picked up by Al Jazeera.

Residents in Misurata, a central coastal town, reported hearing loud explosions Tuesday night.

According to the Feb 17 Voices Twitter feed about an hour ago, "Residents of Misurata heard a 'big explosion' but report no damage to Misurata from Scud."

Photos: Conflict in Libya

"Residents of the city say they believe the explosion was a Scud missile downed over water en route to Misurata," according to the Twitter feed.

Another post within the last hour said: "Fighters say: presumed Scud launch from #Sirte jeopardizes negotiations for the city's peaceful surrender."

Kadafi, who delivered a radio address late Tuesday, claimed to have abandoned his Tripoli compound in a tactical move, but it was not clear whether he had fled to Surt or another stronghold such as Sabha in the south.

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Photo: Libyans light a flare and hold up a kingdom of Libya flag as they celebrate the fall of Moammar Kadafi's Bab Azizia compound in Tripoli on Wednesday. Credit: Esam Al-Fetori / Reuters

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