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Benghazi rebel leaders hail no-fly zone

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Benghazi rebel leaders hail no-fly zone


The United Nations may have answered the prayers of the people of Benghazi, finally authorising a no-fly zone to protect them, after long deliberations.

But worshippers in the rebel stronghold are looking to a higher power for strength, faced with an ever-present threat from Colonel Gaddafi’s forces.

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Leaders of the uprising in the city stress the importance of imposing a no-fly zone.

The insurgency itself has a limited air capability but it is not in a position to carry out significant airstrikes of its own, explained rebel military high commander Khalifa Heftar.

“Airstrikes are not part of our strategy,” he said. “The important thing is to stop Gaddafi’s planes from striking the rebels.”

In the space of a few hours, Benghazi’s plight has changed considerably, with international support now official. But its future remains uncertain.

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