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Wednesday
May042011

Gadhafi Forces Attack Libyan Port, International Aid Ship

MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images(MISRATA, Libya) -- Five people were killed Wednesday when forces under the command of Moammar Gadhafi attacked the Libyan port of Misrata, according to the BBC.

Misrata has been under fire for several weeks because of the fighting between anti-Gadhafi rebels and the Libyan leader's regime.  The international aid ship, Red Star One, waited several days offshore to avoid the heavy fire before arriving Wednesday with supplies. 

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has chartered the ship to bring aid to Libya and to evacuate wounded people and migrant workers trying to escape the violence.

IOM officials say that when rockets began to fall, chaos broke out, sending people running in different directions. 

Witnesses say panicked crowds of evacuees nearly swamped the ship before the Red Star One's captain pulled away from the dock, separating some families. 

The ship returned, but only for a brief moment before departing for Benghazi and leaving 200 people behind.

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