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Athletics Federation (QAAF)
has planned to unleash a
large-scale promotional campaign
during two upcoming
world-level championships to
back its bid to host the 2017
QAAF President Abdulla
Ahmed al Zaini during an
exclusive chat with Qatar
Tribune said Qatar was a serious
bidder for the 2017 World
Championship and would use
every resource at its disposal
to bolster its bid.
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Qadhafi forces shell Misrata, one killed
REUTERS MISRATA FORCES loyal to Moamer Qadhafi shelled neighbourhoods in the west and south of the Libyan city of Misrata on Monday, a rebel spokesman and a witness said, adding that explosions were also heard in the port area.
Rebels say they have pushed Qadhafi’s forces 25 km(15 miles) from the centre of the city after weeks of street fighting and bombardment.
Rebel spokesman Abdelsalam told Reuters said Qadhafi’s forces were trying to advance from the west, under the cover of Grad rockets and mortar shells, toward Misrata, scene of the some of the fiercest fighting since the uprising began in mid- February.
Shelling began at around 8 am, he said.
He said rebel forces were blocking the advance for the moment, but were coming under heavy pressure from the shelling and the presence of at least two tanks of the front line.
Abdelsalam said one rebel had been killed.
The body of rebel fighter Youssef al Aidi was brought from the frontline to Hekmat Hospital in Misrata.
Aidi has been hit in the head by an RPG rocket from 25 km west of Misrata, where a column of five Qadhafi tanks and some 50 men had advanced on the rebels’ position.
A rebel fighter with Aidi said Qadhafi forces had been bombing the rebels’ frontline with tank shells and Grad rockets since 5 am.
The rebels say fighting there has been static for about two weeks.
“We’re fighting defensively here, we’re not pushing forward.
We’re waiting for our brothers in Zlitan to call us.
They have their own uprising there,” said Taha al Golib.
Zlitan lies some 40 km west of Misrata and is held by Qadhafi’s forces.
“It is difficult to see how Qadhafi forces can re-enter Misrata because the rebels have good defence lines and NATO aircraft are always overhead,” Abdelsalam said.
“But they are definitely trying.
The rebels are 10-15 km away from Zlitan and Qadhafi’s forces feel they have to do something.