19 Mar '11, 5pm

French warplanes in Libyan skies to stop Gaddafi - Channel NewsAsia via @AddThis

AL-MARJ, Libya: French warplanes overflew Benghazi on Saturday to prevent air strikes on the rebel bastion and were ready to attack Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's tanks, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said. As thousands fled the city in eastern Libya, he told a summit of world leaders in Paris gathered to discuss military measures threatened in a UN Security Council resolution that the French fighters were poised to attack. But Sarkozy said Gaddafi could still avoid the worst for his regime if he complied with the UN resolution by halting the fighting to allow the diplomatic door to reopen. But Gaddafi earlier gave a defiant response to the threats, telling Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron, main sponsors of Friday's UN resolution, that they would regret interfering in his country's affairs. And he told US President Barack Obama that the Libyan people wer...

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