In the town of Zintan in Libya’s Western Mountains, rebel forces are besieged by the artillery of government troops as they try to keep open supply lines.
Conflict and political moves are the two constants in the Libyan crisis. France expelled 14 Libyan diplomats on Friday. One source said they were using their status as cover.
The Tunisian border town of Dehiba was hit by more than a dozen mortars fired by Gaddafi troops during the fighting in the Western mountains.
In Benghazi the rebels have been boosted by the news they are set to receive millions of dollars from a coalition of Western and Arab countries.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said Washington would try and change the law to unlock some Libyan state funds frozen in the US for the rebels.
From Moscow and the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov came a warning to the coalition countries to respect the UN resolution.
“As regards possible proposals to sanction through the UN Security Council a ground operation in Libya, the resolution 1973, which the Security Council has already adopted, directly and unequivocally rules out such an option,” he said.
There was more talking in Tripoli. Up to 2,000 leaders representing the countries 850 tribes gathered. They called for national unity, urged the rebels to disarm and demanded NATO end its bombing campaign.
The rebels dismissed the meeting with claims Gaddafi pays the tribes to stay in power.