Libya: Misrata siege reported broken as rebels hail drone attacks

Forces loyal to Moammar Qaddafi reportedly retreated from the besieged western city of Misrata April 23—as the US military confirmed the first strike by a Predator drone aircraft in Libya. “Misrata is free, the rebels have won,” rebel spokesman Gemal Salem told Reuters. “Of Qaddafi’s forces, some are killed and others are running away.” A US Defense Department statement confirming the drone strike did not say where the strike occurred. A spokesman for the rebels’ Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC) praised the deployment of the drones, while expressing skepticism on reports of a Qaddafi retreat. (VOA, DW-World, April 23)

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