Back in March, facing concerns over the indiscriminate attacks by Ghaddafy government forces against rebellious cities, the UN authorized concerned nations the opportunity to police a no-fly zone over over Libya.
The shoe is now on the other foot:
For much of the seven-month Libyan uprising, the besieged city of Misrata endured daily shelling and rocketing by Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. Now, it is payback time here in Sirte, the strongman’s hometown and the biggest remaining loyalist holdout.
The hardened Misrata fighters, who launched their assault on Sirte last week, are tightening the noose around the coastal city that Col. Gadhafi aimed to turn into Africa’s capital, building it up as a showcase of his ambitions to be the continent’s leader.
On Sunday—following a ground incursion into downtown Sirte that loyalist forces repelled—Misrata troops deployed long-range artillery, tanks, mobile-rocket launchers and 107-millimeter mortars around the city, pounding it in an attempt to force loyalists into submission.
Having suffered repulse on their attempt to enter the city on foot, the rebels now blame the sniper threat for their use of heavy artillery.
Have none of these people ever heard of a siege?