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Migrants arriving at the port in Benghazi from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Migrants arriving at the port in Benghazi from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Migrants arriving at the port in Benghazi from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Amnesty International has claimed Muammar Gaddafi's troops may have committed war crimes in the besieged rebel city of Misrata.

In a report on Friday, the group said Libyan regime troops killed civilians in indiscriminate attacks, including with artillery, rockets, cluster bombs and sniper fire.

Misrata is Libya's third-largest city and the main rebel stronghold in the west, an area still largely under Gaddafi's control.

Libyan troops have besieged the coastal city of 300,000 by land for more than two months and recently stepped up shelling at Misrata's port to choke off the remaining lifeline.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Misrata.

Amnesty's researcher Donatella Rovera said the scale of attacks by Gaddafi's forces is "truly horrifying."

AP

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