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March 18th, 2011
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Opposition: Violence rages despite Libyan claim of cease-fire

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Libya on Friday called for international observers to come and verify a cease-fire that witnesses say has failed to halt deadly fighting.

One day after the approval of a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force to protect civilians, U.S. President Barack Obama warned Moammar Gadhafi to pull back from several besieged cities or face military consequences.

But Obama insisted that American troops will not be deployed in Libya.

At least 28 people died and hundreds were wounded as fighting raged in the cities of Mistrata, Ajdabiya and Zintan on Friday, according to Khaled el-Sayeh, military spokesman for the opposition.

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  1. Jack Stewart

    Eventually, Gadhafi or his son may ask for a UN referendum to see who actually can get elected. Every protester killed is one less vote. The more territory he controls the more of the election process he would control. Control would be through the terror agents he is sending into protestor cities right now as "police." We should be taking out his heavy armor right now. The Gadhafis will claim aggression. A stalemate could mean another 40 years of Libyan captivity.

    March 18, 2011 at 11:10 pm |