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Libya calls for 'immediate ceasefire' - media

RIA Novosti

22:28 20/03/2011

MOSCOW, March 20 (RIA Novosti) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi called all military forces for the "immediate ceasefire," Sky news reported Sunday.

The military operation against Libya's strongman Gaddafi who has ruled the country with an iron fist for more than 40 years began on Saturday, involving the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and other countries.

The U.S. missiles hit at least 20 of Libyan 22 targets on Sunday, the U.S. Africa Command said. Later in the day the U.S. announced it would hold more strikes on Libya.

The Arab League condemned the strikes, despite the organization appealing to the international community to enforce a no-fly zone.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday Russia urges western nations to stop the indiscriminate use of force in Libya.

The new UN Security Council resolution on Libya adopted on Thursday encompasses a no-fly zone and "all necessary measures" against forces loyal to Gaddafi.

Libyan television reported citing military officials that at least 50 civilians were killed and over 150 wounded in military attacks of the coalition forces, adding that many health and education facilities were ruined.



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