Violence continues in Libya as US and others mull intervention listen03/01/11 wire services
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Residents of the rebel-held city closest to Libya's capital are celebrating after fighters repelled an overnight attack by forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Witnesses say the pro-Gadhafi forces battled the rebels for six hours, but couldn't take control of Zawiya.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Congress today that the U.S. must lead an international response to the crisis, including a no-fly zone.
Clinton says the Obama administration may seek the prosecution of Gadhafi for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. That follows claims from some ex-Libyan officials that Gadhafi personally ordered the airline attack that killed 270 people.
Testifying before a separate panel, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, General James Mattis, the head of U.S. Central Command, says a no-fly zone would deter attempts to bomb Libyans as they protest the government.
Many protesters in Libya are asking for foreign militaries not to intervene. Still, British Prime Minister David Cameron says he supports making Libya a no-fly zone.
Refugee officials say more than 140,000 people have fled Libya to Egypt and Tunisia in a growing exodus from Ghadafi's forces as they kill hundreds and block humanitarian aid to western Libya.
Libya's deputy U.N. ambassador says Gadhafi is trying to replace him and the ambassador, but doesn’t think the replacements would be accepted by the United Nations.
Anti-government uprisings continue in other countries as well. In Oman, a government official says the military has deployed troops north of the capital and near the border with the United Arab Emirates after anti-government unrest spread.
In Iran, Witnesses and opposition websites say police in Tehran have used tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters demanding the release of opposition leaders.
And Electronic Intifada reports that Palestinian youth are planning a sit-in on March 15. They’re calling for an end to the propaganda campaign between Hamas and Fatah and for new elections.