UN says 20 children killed in Misrata, wants truce

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  • UNICEF urges ceasefire to protect Misrata's civilians

  • Food, water and medicines in short supply

  • U.N. aid convoy heads for other towns in western Libya

(Adds NATO says limits, France says underestimated Gaddafi)

By Alexander Dziadosz

BENGHAZI, Libya, April 19 (Reuters) - The United Nations appealed on Tuesday for a ceasefire in the Libyan city of Misrata, saying at least 20 children had been killed in attacks by besieging government forces on rebel-held parts of the city.

Libya's third city, where hundreds are believed to have been killed by shelling and sniper fire by Muammar Gaddafi's forces, is the main focus of efforts to protect civilians caught up in the Libyan leader's bid to put down an armed rebellion.

At the same time Western powers are looking for ways to support the rebels' efforts to topple Gaddafi, though NATO said there were limits to what air power could do to end the city's siege.

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