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Libyan jets strike rebels

world Updated: Mar 15, 2011 01:42 IST

Libyan armed forces bombarded the northern cities of Ajdabiya and Zuara Monday, as rebels appealed to the international community for weapons to help them in their battle against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

News websites reported that fighter jets bombed parts of the city close to residential areas. No deaths or injuries were reported.

Opposition news website Libya al-Youm reported that the fighter jets dropped flyers over the city of Ajdabiya after the air strikes, calling on rebels to surrender and urging people take down the rebels’ red, black and green flag.
According to the Brnieq website, the flyers warned that if residents disobeyed orders, Gaddafi’s brigades would march into the city and kill everyone who fights back.

If government forces gain total control of Ajdabiya and other nearby cities, they could advance on to the opposition stronghold of Benghazi.

G8 ministers meet on Libya
The Group of Eight powers gathered in Paris on Monday to decide a common line on possible intervention to ground the warplanes pounding Libya’s rebels. The world’s eight powers were seeking a common front, with host France pushing for a no-fly zone over Libya.