France says NATO must do more in Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan rebels reported heavy fighting in the besieged city of Misrata on Tuesday and France said NATO must step up bombing to stop Muammar Gaddafi’s forces attacking civilians.

“It is not acceptable that Misrata is still under fire and being bombarded by Gaddafi’s troops,” French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said in Luxembourg.

NATO took over air operations from a coalition of the United States, Britain and France on March 31 and rebels have accused it of not doing enough, although they recently toned down criticism.

Despite NATO raids, the government bombardment of Misrata, the last rebel stronghold in western Libya, has continued unabated with hundreds of civilians reported killed.

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