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Confirmed: ‘Ceasefire’ is a Ruse

CNN.com has testimony from a doctor in Misrata who is treating casualties of government shelling within the last hour.

Libya’s government announced a “immediate” cease-fire on Friday, but witnesses in western and eastern Libya said the conflict is raging.

Witnesses in the western city of Misrata said a pro-government assault is persisting and casualties are mounting.

“What cease-fire,” asked a doctor in Misrata, who described hours of military poundings, casualties, and dwindling resources to treat the wounded. “We’re under the bombs.”

“This morning they are burning the city,” the doctor said. “There are deaths everywhere.”

“Misrata is on fire,” according to an opposition member — who said tanks and vehicles with heavy artillery shot their way into the city Thursday night and the assault continued on Friday. He said Gadhafi’s regime announced a cease-fire to buy time for itself. “Please help us.”

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