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The figures could not be independently verified.

“Families in their homes have been bombed by tanks,” the resident said, speaking to The Times on his satellite phone and on the condition of anonymity owing to concern for his safety.

Another resident, Mohamed Benrasali, a member of the provisional committee administering Misurata, said the regime’s tanks were razing the city.

Pro-Gadhafi forces have taken control of the main street into the city and occupied the city center, he said. Snipers were firing indiscriminately from rooftops at people in the streets.

“It’s like shooting practice for them,” Mr. Benrasali said.

Misurata has been without water and electricity for nine days, and its hospitals are relying on power generators.

The city’s main hospital was being renovated, and its two clinics have been strained by the high volume of casualties of the fighting, he said. The clinics also were dangerously low on medical supplies.

“We really need the international community to concentrate on Misurata. Misurata is in big trouble. We are the last stronghold of the revolution on the west coast, and we must be preserved,” Mr. Benrasali said.

Residents said the U.S.-led coalition should conduct surgical strikes on the pro-Gadhafi forces’ supply lines.

The rebels said they have provided maps and coordinates of potential targets to the coalition force, but U.S. officials repeated Tuesday that they were not coordinating with them.

“I haven’t had any unofficial communications or official communications with the … opposition forces,” the commander of the operation, Navy Adm. Samuel Locklear III, told reporters at the Pentagon.

He said 13 nations were taking part in Odyssey Dawn or had forces en route to join.

Despite the growing ranks of the coalition in the Mediterranean, questions continued at home about the cost of the operation, which entered its fourth day Tuesday with more strikes by Tomahawk cruise missiles, bringing the total number to 161.

According to figures from the Pentagon comptroller’s latest selected acquisition report, the new tactical Tomahawks are $1.16 million each, including the costs of research, development and testing.

“That’s pushing $200 million right there,” said Mr. Ludes.

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