21 Mar '11, 3am

Libya declares new ceasefire amid fresh Western attacks

Libya declares new ceasefire amid fresh Western attacks

TRIPOLI: Explosions rocked Tripoli as Western forces staged fresh air strikes to halt Muammer al-Gaddafi's attacks on civilians, with one raid flattening a building in the strongman's heavily-fortified residence. As warplanes took off from Italian bases and anti-aircraft guns roared in the Libyan capital, Gaddafi's army announced a new ceasefire Sunday, saying it was heeding an African Union call for an immediate cessation of hostilities. But the United States accused Tripoli of lying about the ceasefire or breaching it immediately. And United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a swift reaction: "I sincerely hope and urge the Libyan authorities to keep their word. "They have been continuing to attack the civilian population. This (offer) has to be verified and tested," he said. An administrative building in Gaddafi's residential complex in Tripoli was flattened,...

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