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Government troops besieged civilian areas for about two hours Sunday morning with Grad rockets and mortar shells and lined a main street with snipers, said a doctor in the city.
Two shells landed on a field hospital, killing one person and injuring 11, he said. The attacks, including tank fire, began again after nightfall, he said. He did not want to be identified by name out of fear for his security.
A Turkish ship carrying 250 wounded from Misrata docked in Benghazi, the rebels‘ de facto capital, on Sunday. The boat, which carried medical supplies, also was expected to pick up about 60 wounded people being treated in various hospitals in Benghazi, as well as 30 Turks and 40 people from Greece, Ukraine, Britain, Uzbekistan, Germany and Finland.
A military plane from Jordan landed in Benghazi on Monday carrying medical supplies. Jordanian Col. Aqab Abu Abu Windi, who arrived on the plane, said it contained 7½ tons of medical supplies to help the Libyan people and promised, “This plane is just the beginning.”
A leader of the rebel movement, meanwhile, sought to ease concerns from Western governments about its character and goals, emphasizing in an interview that the rebels will not allow Islamic extremists to hijack their plans to install a parliamentary democracy in place of Col. Gadhafi’s four-decade rule.
Alessandra Rizzo reported from Rome. Associated Press writers Ben Hubbard in Benghazi and Elena Becatoros in Athens contributed to this report.
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