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ALGIERS, March 7 (Reuters) – People wounded in fighting over the rebel-held Libyan city of Misrata are being treated on hospital floors because of a catastrophic shortage of medical facilities in the besieged city, a resident said on Monday.

Misrata is the biggest population centre in the west of the country not under the control of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and its stand against a militia commanded by his own son has turned it into a symbol of defiance.

Units of the 32nd brigade, which is led by Khamis Gaddafi, on Sunday launched the fiercest attack on Misrata so far, with a doctor in the town saying at least 18 people had been killed. Rebels said they repelled the attack.

Two residents said on Monday there was no new fighting and painted a picture of a city where ordinary people were organising to direct traffic and clean the streets, even as Gaddafi’s security forces encircle the town.