ALGIERS (Reuters) - Bodies lay scattered in Libya's rebel-held third city of Misrata and medics struggled to cope with the wounded on Monday after some of the bloodiest fighting of a two-month-old siege, rebels and residents said.
Following an intensive burst of shelling overnight, people emerged from homes after daybreak to scenes of devastation where Muammar Gaddafi's forces had pulled back from the city under cover of blistering rocket and tank fire.
Medics said more than 20 people were killed in fighting on Sunday and 28 on Saturday. A rebel spokesman put the death toll even higher.
Three corpses were charred beyond recognition from the overnight shelling. A 10-year-old boy was killed as he slept. But many shells fell on waste ground, residents said. They said the bombardment stopped when NATO planes flew over.