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Libya army declares immediate ceasefire as Western powers continue air strikes

Western forces continued to pound Libya's air defenses and patrol its skies; Arab League chief condemns the West's 'bombardment of civilians.'

Haaretz.com

March 20, 2011 | 1:40 pm

Operation "Odyssey Dawn" (Reuters)

Operation "Odyssey Dawn" (Reuters)

The Libyan armed forces have issued a command to all units to observe an immediate ceasefire, a Libyan army spokesman told a news conference on Sunday.

“The Libyan armed forces ... have issued a command to all military units to safeguard an immediate ceasefire from 9 p.m. this evening,” a Libyan army spokesman said.

Western forces pounded Libya’s air defenses and patrolled its skies on Sunday, but their day-old intervention hit a diplomatic setback as the Arab League chief condemned the “bombardment of civilians”.

As European and U.S. forces unleashed warplanes and cruise missiles against Muammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and armor, the Libyan leader said the air strikes amounted to terrorism and vowed to fight to the death.

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