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Pro-Gaddafi forces renew air attacks on rebels

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Moscow, March 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi Tuesday launched further air strikes on a major oil export terminal held by the rebels.

There were three air strikes near rebel positions east of the oil port of Ras Lanuf, following similar attacks Monday, the BBC reported.

No casualties, however, were reported.

The rebels fighting to force Gaddafi out of power took hold of Ras Lanuf last week.

A rebel spokesman said they had rejected an offer by Gaddafi’s representative to negotiate the Libyan leader’s exit.

Western powers are urging a no-fly zone over Libya, with Britain and France drafting a UN resolution set to be debated by NATO defence ministers later this week.

Pro-Gaddafi forces continue to maintain a strong grip on the western part of Libya.

Parts of Libya, particularly in the east, are held by the rebels.

Libya remained tense Tuesday with fighting raging in some towns between forces loyal to Gaddafi and the opposition which has gained the support of the West.

The unrest that broke out Feb 14 has so far claimed, according to one estimate, 6,000 lives. Another 140,000, mainly foreigners, have fled the country.

The opposition wants Gaddafi, who has ruled Libya since 1969, to go.


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