"It was a mistake," said a passing fighter a few minutes later in the chaos as the injured were treated. "The RPG came from Muammar Gaddafi's forces. But I was close to where the mortar was fired. They fired it straight into the air. It came down on our men. We are shooting our own people."
There were too many casualties at first for the medics at their open-air field station to cope with. So the Guardian's driver and translator, both medical students who worked during the siege of Misrata in the intensive care unit, helped treat the wounded, more than 20 of them.One was a young fighter brought in limp and pale from shock, hit by shrapnel in the shoulder that had penetrated his neck. Another older man arrived hanging to the back of a jeep, his lacerated scalp bleeding heavily over his clothes, blood bubbling from his mouth.
In the small space that the last uncaptured ground in
Sirte provides for assaults, such incidents are escalating.Without proper communications and a dangerous rivalry
between the forces from Misrata on the pocket's southern and western
fronts, and fighters from Benghazi and the towns to the east, those
fighting Gaddafi's soldiers are killing each other in increasing