17 Apr 2011

Red Cross team now in rebel city

10:25 am on 17 April 2011

A Red Cross team has arrived in Misrata to assess the situation in the besieged rebel city in western Libya.

Aid groups describe an increasingly desperate situation for many civilians there. Few areas are safe from a daily bombardment by government forces and there is a growing need for food and medical supplies.

Government forces have laid siege to the city for about seven weeks. Hundreds of civilians are believed to have been killed.

Rebels accuse Colonel Moammar Gaddafi of being hell-bent on creating a humanitarian crisis in the town.

A ship chartered by the Red Cross docked in Misrata a week ago, bringing medical supplies.