Opponents of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have held off an attack by pro-government forces near the town of Misrata and shot down a military aircraft, a witness told Reuters on Monday.
Misrata is 200 km east of the Libyan capital. "An aircraft was shot down this morning while it was firing on the local radio station. Protesters captured its crew," said the witness, Mohamed.
Anti-government protest in Washington DC (Photo: AP)
"Fighting to control the military air base (near Misrata) started last night and is still going on. Gaddafi's forces control only a small part of the base. Protesters control a large part of this base where there is ammunition."
"Misrata is still under the control of the protesters," he said.
Meanwhile the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says information of attacks on civilians by forces loyal to Gaddafi suggests they could constitute a crime against humanity.
Luis Moreno Ocampo says he has assembled a team to collect more information and has been in contact with Libyan officials and army officers to understand the command structure in Libya.
He says he will decide "within days" whether to open an investigation of those responsible for civilian deaths.
His comments Monday were the first since the UN Security Council asked the world's first permanent war crimes court to look into the turmoil in Libya to decide whether crimes had been committed.
Reuters and AP contributed to this report
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