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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 18 March 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A Libyan rebel spokesman has dismissed the cease-fire announcement, claiming Moammar Gadhafi's forces are still attacking key cities in the east and the west.

Facing Western military action, Libya's Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa announced Friday that the government will stop all military operations.

But Mustafa Gheriani, a spokesman for the national opposition council based in Benghazi, says "no cease-fire."

Gheriani says regime forces are shelling the eastern city of Ajdabiya and Misrata, the last rebel-held city in the western half of the country.

Western powers are racing to prevent more attacks after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution setting the stage for airstrikes, a no-fly zone and other military measures short of a ground invasion.

France may be gearing up to take military action against Gadhafi's government and many in the international community say they will wait and see if the ceasefire is not just more baseless talk from the longtime, and frequently deceptive, dictator.

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