Gaddafi planes raid Misurata, destroy fuel tanks

Libyan government planes have dropped bombs on four large oil-storage tanks in the besieged western city of Misurata, destroying them and sparking a fire that spread to four more, al Jazeera quoted a rebel spokesman as saying on Saturday.

NATO was alerted but failed to respond to the raid by small, pesticide-spraying planes in an overnight attack on Qasr Ahmed close to the port, Ahmed Hassan said.

“Four tanks were totally destroyed and a huge fire broke out, spreading to four others. We cannot extinguish it because we do not have the right tools,” he said.

The tanks were the only source of fuel for the city.

Misurata, the last remaining city in the west under rebel control, has been under siege for more than two months.

MOSCOW, May 7 (RIA Novosti)

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