France failed to persuade G8 members to intervene by imposing a no-fly zone,while forces loyal to Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi bombed the rebel stronghold of Ajdabiyah Tuesday, as they continued a push east towards Benghazi
REUTERS - Muammar Gaddafi's warplanes and helicopters bombed and strafed a Libyan rebel-held town on Tuesday while France failed to convince world powers to push for a no-fly zone to protect civilians.
Jets launched air strikes on the western gate of Ajdabiyah, the last major town before the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, witnesses said. the town itself, which lies on a strategic road junction, was strafed by a helicopter.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Britain have led calls to impose a no-fly zone. But Gaddafi dismissed the plan.
An Arab League call for such a zone satisfies the first condition, even though the African Union has opposed the idea and is sending a delegation including South African President Jacob Zuma to Libya within days.
Date created : 2011-03-15