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March 19, 2011

Gadhafi strikes rebels as diplomats mull action

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BENGHAZI, Libya —

Libya's deputy foreign minister, Khaled Kaim, denied late Friday that government forces had violated the cease-fire and invited four nations to send observers to monitor compliance: Germany, China, Turkey and Malta.

"The cease-fire for us means no military operations whatsoever, big or small," he told reporters in Tripoli.

He said military forces were positioned outside Benghazi but that the government had no intention of sending them into the city.

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AP writer Hadeel al-Shalchi contributed to this report from Tripoli, Libya.

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