Misratah


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Misratah

(mĭsrä`tä) or

Misurata

(mēzo͞orä`tä), city (1984 pop. 131,031), NW Libya, located in an oasis. A seaport on the Mediterranean Sea, the city exports dates and grain and is noted for its handwoven carpets, pottery, and textiles. Misratah was known to the Romans as Tubartis. The Italians built its port in the 20th cent. The city was the scene of fierce fighting in 2011 during the uprising against Qaddafi's rule.

Misratah

 

a city in northwestern Libya, administrative center of Misratah Province. Population, approximately 70,000. The major port of Misratah Marina is located 10 km from the city. Linked by highways to coastal and inland population centers, Misratah is an important transshipment point, as well as a center for handicraft and food production. 16–989–3]

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Amnesty International expressed concern over the seven additional Egyptians, most of them Copts, who have gone missing in the area of Sirte and Misratah.
The entire inhabitants of the town of Tawargha - some 40,000 people - were driven out by armed groups from Misratah who accused them of supporting Colonel Gaddafi's government.
Later, their bodies were displayed to the public in the port of Misratah and then buried in a secret desert location, the report added.
It saved civilian lives by halting an imminent slaughter in Benghazi, breaking the siege of Misratah, and forcing Gaddafi's tank and artillery units to take cover rather than commit atrocities.
The ship's company witnessed the siege of Misratah and the fall of Tripoli, Zlitan, Al Khums and Sirte to the rebels during a tumultuous few weeks for a country seizing on the opportunity afforded by the Arab Spring.
Summary: The head and members of the Local Council of Misratah City met the accredited Italian Ambassador in Libya with the presence of the head of the board of directors in Free Area of Misratah and the head of the conducting committee of the Libyan Iron and Steel Company.
Its food distribution project in Tunisia provided weekly food packets to more than 10,000 Libyan refugees in Tatouine, and its partnership with the World Health Organization funded the deployment of nurses and expatriate Libyan doctors to hospitals and health facilities in Benghazi and Misratah.
Yet according to the rebel who reportedly pulled Gaddafi from his hiding place, the council's forces "won't come near us," even though the identities of the Misratah natives who killed Gaddafi are widely known.
Some organizations do exist, such as those rebels unified under the Rebel Brigade Council in the east under the leadership of Fawzi Abu Katf and the Misratah Military Council which exerts some control over the rebels in the city.
The ship's company has witnessed the siege of Misratah and the fall of Tripoli, Zlitan, Al Khums and Sirte to the rebels.
An armed reconnaissance patrol identified a group of Scud ballistic missile support vehicles near Sirte, from where recent Scud firings have been attempted by the former regime against the city of Misratah.
So far, donations have been sent to an aid organisation working with Misratah Hospital.