08 MAR 2011
Tom Pfeiffer | Reuters
BENGHAZI, Libya — Rebels fighting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi have rejected an offer from the Libyan leader to negotiate his exit even as they battled to hang on to early gains in the insurrection.
The frontline in east Libya was static on Tuesday, with forces loyal to Col. Gaddafi and rebels manning defences in a stretch of barren coastline near oil terminals between the towns of Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad, about 550 kilometres east of Tripoli.
On the international front, Britain and France led a drive at the United Nations for a no-fly zone over Libya, a move that would prevent Gaddafi from unleashing air raids on rebel fighters and towns or from flying in reinforcements.
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