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Western jets continue to bomb Libya

Western allies keep pounding targets in Libya, while clashes continue between embattled ruler Muammar Gaddafi forces and the revolutionaries.

Latest reports say NATO warplanes have launched fresh airstrikes on Gaddafi troops near the eastern oil town of Brega on Tuesday, destroying two government military vehicles.

Meanwhile, anti-Gaddafi forces are locked in fighting with opposition fighters near Brega.

Several cities are still in the hands of the opposition forces, as the revolutionaries are still struggling to push their way towards the capital Tripoli.

However, rocket and artillery fire unleashed by Gaddafi forces indicate that the government’s offensive capabilities remain very much intact.

The opposition forces say the US and NATO have yet failed to curb Gaddafi’s military power.

“When you see this, the situation is very bad. We cannot match their weapons,” an opposition fighter said near Brega

Revolutionary forces have rejected as unacceptable any solution that would leave Gaddafi or his sons in power.

This comes a day after The New York Times reported that two of Gaddafi’s sons have proposed a solution in which one of them would take over from his father.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday expressed its deep concern on the continuing unrest in Libya and its impact on children.

“The current fighting in Libya is putting children at high risk,” said Shahida Azfar, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa,

“Their right to education, play, health and even survival are under serious threat,” he added.

Dozens of civilians have been killed in Libya since the US-led forces launched aerial and sea attacks on the North African country.

Libyan troops have also killed thousands of civilians since the revolution against Colonel Gaddafi started in mid-February.

Critics, however, accuse the West of hypocrisy for the offensive on Libya along with their silence on brutal crackdowns on similar anti-regime movements elsewhere in the Arab world, such as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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