Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Air Strikes Put Strain on Gaddafi

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Air Strikes Put Strain on Gaddafi

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COALITION forces have kept up pressure on Muammar Gaddafi with a relentless barrage of air strikes, as US officials said the veteran Libyan leader was arming volunteers to stave off the onslaught.

Explosions rocked an eastern suburb of Tripoli early yesterday and a witness said a military radar site was in flames on the eighth day of coalition air strikes.

Coalition warplanes pounded Gaddafi's forces in the eastern town of Ajdabiya, boosting rebels who have come under sustained assault from pro-regime forces.

Witnesses said the rebels were launching offensives to regain control of Ajdabiya, bolstered by the UN-mandated air strikes launched yesterday by US, Britain, and France in a bid to protect civilians.

Gaddafi forces also pounded the rebel-held city of Misrata, 214 kilometres east of Tripoli, with artillery late on Friday, killing a mother and her four children, a witness said.

C[pounds sterling]They are firing on everything that moves. …

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