A photo taken from a YouTube video said to show a patient in the hospital in Misrata, Libya, which is besieged by forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
The battle in Libya has reached the doors of Dr. Aiman's clinic in Misrata: A man was killed in its entrance late Wednesday, he said, probably by fire from the tanks that have surrounded the hospital, though it could have been snipers loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
The snipers took up positions on tall buildings around the clinic Wednesday morning, posing a deadly threat to anyone coming in or out, said Aiman, who gave only one name out of concern for his safety.
"We came under attack from two tanks, heavy tanks, that bombed and shelled near the hospital," he told msnbc.com in a Skype call from the hospital in Libya's third-largest city. "Two bombs fell 2, 3 meters away from the hospital. The situation is very, very bad. We have one person killed just in the entrance."
The most recent round of fighting in Misrata began two days ago, when residents went to a key square to protest against Gadhafi, said engineer Nadir Abuzeid, who is acting as a spokesman for the rebels. Gadhafi forces bombed the square "randomly," killing 21 and wounding 112, he said.
"This is one of the bloodiest days since the protests began February 17," Abuzeid said, speaking through a translator and referring to the date of the first anti-Gadhafi demonstrations in Libya.
The situation at the hospital has steadily deteriorated since, said Aiman. Doctors on Wednesday were treating more than 120 wounded, though the clinic has only 60 beds, he said.
"The injured people -- we stopped counting them, it's overcount. We're just counting the dead people," he said. "Now we are treating people on the floor, no beds. ... We have no empty place. Even our operating theater, we are operating on three patients at the same time. We are operating on trolleys, not on operating beds."
He said doctors also were "using our flash mobile lights because we are working on a generator ... we don't have enough light."
The clinic no longer had anaesthesia, narcotics or sterilization. The patients were "crying from pain," he said. "We don't have anything we can do for them."
Misrata is located about 125 miles east of Tripoli, and is home to 300,000 people and iron, steel and textile factories, according to Libyaonline.com. Abuzeid said Gadhafi's forces appeared to be trying to establish a secure corridor along the road from Misrata to another strategic coastal city to the east: Sirte.
Gadhafi's forces were squeezing the southern part of Misrata, forcing residents to flee to the north. In the exodus, a man and his four children were killed by tank artillery on Tuesday, Abuzeid said.
"There is fear from this military action and more fear of the snipers ... The people are working together, they are feeding each other, they are helping each other," he said. "Everyone is a target."
Rear Adm. Gerard Hueber, a top U.S. officer in the military campaign in Libya, said international forces were attacking government troops that have been storming population centers in the country. On Wednesday evening, Libyan state television reported a "Crusader colonialist bombing targeting certain civil and military locations" in Tripoli's Tajoura district — scene of some of the heaviest past protests against Gadhafi.
"Libya has been dead for 42 years (since Gadhafi's rule began), so we consider ourselves dead," said Abuzeid. "It's an issue of freedom. We want to get rid of the tyranny."
It's not clear overall how many people have died or been wounded in the conflict in Misrata. But more than 85 people have been kidnapped, Abuzeid said. (Click to read previous article:Pro-Gadhafi kidnap gangs silencing foes.)
Though Hueber said the international coalition's targets included mechanized forces, mobile surface-to-air missile sites and lines of communications from Ajdabiya in the east to Misrata in the west, Aiman said his city remains blockaded.
"We are in an embargo from the west, from the south, from the east. Even our seaport (to the north), we cannot receive any help from" there, he said. "We have nothing."
Aiman said some people had been stuck in the hospital for 10 days because "it's not safe to go out or come into the hospital."
"If anyone goes out, maybe he cannot come back to the hospital ... (he) could be killed, could be kidnapped; maybe they don't have a safe way to get back to the hospital. We don't know about our families. There is no telecommunications, no landlines, nothing here. Everything is cut. The water, the electricity, no food. Nothing here in the city. It's a ghost city now."