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A volunteer in Libya's rebel group sits on the back of a car on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ras Lanouf (AP)

A volunteer in Libya's rebel group sits on the back of a car on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ras Lanouf (AP)

A Libyan volunteer carries ammunition on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Libyan volunteer carries ammunition on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Thursday, March 10, 2011

Nato has started round-the-clock surveillance of the air space over Libya amid attacks by government jets on rebels

Nato has started round-the-clock surveillance of the air space over Libya amid attacks by government jets on rebels

Libyan volunteers cheer as smoke rises from the oil port of Sidr in the background, in the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Libyan volunteers cheer as smoke rises from the oil port of Sidr in the background, in the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Tara Todras-Whitehill

Anti-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi rebel rest next to his anti-aircraft machine gun, in Ras Lanouf town, eastern Libya, on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. Gadhafi appeared to be keeping up the momentum he has seized in recent days in his fight against rebels trying to move on the capital, Tripoli, from territory they hold in eastern Libya.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Anti-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi rebel rest next to his anti-aircraft machine gun, in Ras Lanouf town, eastern Libya, on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. Gadhafi appeared to be keeping up the momentum he has seized in recent days in his fight against rebels trying to move on the capital, Tripoli, from territory they hold in eastern Libya.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hussein Malla

Libyan rebel fighters leave on top of an anti-aircraft machine gun towed by a loaded truck of ammunition supplied by an ammunition storage wear house, unseen in the eastern town of Brega, Libya  Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Moammar Gadhafi says Libyans will fight if a no-fly zone is imposed by Western nations, saying that would show their real intention is to seize the country's oil. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Libyan rebel fighters leave on top of an anti-aircraft machine gun towed by a loaded truck of ammunition supplied by an ammunition storage wear house, unseen in the eastern town of Brega, Libya Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Moammar Gadhafi says Libyans will fight if a no-fly zone is imposed by Western nations, saying that would show their real intention is to seize the country's oil. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Nasser Nasser

Members of a group calling themselves "Topple The Tyrants" shout from the rooftop after taking over a house thought to belong to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the second son of the Libyan dictator, in Hampstead Garden Suburb, north London . PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2011. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Members of a group calling themselves "Topple The Tyrants" shout from the rooftop after taking over a house thought to belong to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the second son of the Libyan dictator, in Hampstead Garden Suburb, north London . PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2011. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Dominic Lipinski

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Libyan rebels advance during a battle with government troops as a facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Libyan rebels advance during a battle with government troops as a facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  A Libyan rebel scans the frontline as a facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: A Libyan rebel scans the frontline as a facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  A Libyan rebel scans the frontline as a  facility burns during fighting on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: A Libyan rebel scans the frontline as a facility burns during fighting on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Libyan rebels advance during a battle with government troops as a facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Libyan rebels advance during a battle with government troops as a facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS JDIR, TUNISIA - MARCH 09:  Men who recently crossed into Tunisia from Libya are pushed back while trying to get into a food tent in a United Nations displacement camp on March 09, 2011 in Ras Jdir, Tunisia. As fighting continues in and around the Libyan capital of Tripoli, tens of thousands of guest workers from Egypt, Tunisia, Bangladesh and other countries have fled to the border of Tunisia to escape the violence. The situation has turned into a humanitarian emergency as fledgling Tunisia is overwhelmed with the workers. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to fight to the end.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

RAS JDIR, TUNISIA - MARCH 09: Men who recently crossed into Tunisia from Libya are pushed back while trying to get into a food tent in a United Nations displacement camp on March 09, 2011 in Ras Jdir, Tunisia. As fighting continues in and around the Libyan capital of Tripoli, tens of thousands of guest workers from Egypt, Tunisia, Bangladesh and other countries have fled to the border of Tunisia to escape the violence. The situation has turned into a humanitarian emergency as fledgling Tunisia is overwhelmed with the workers. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to fight to the end. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Spencer Platt

RAS JDIR, TUNISIA - MARCH 09: A Bangladeshi man who recently crossed into Tunisia from Libya pauses a United Nations displacement camp on March 9, 2011 in Ras Jdir, Tunisia. As fighting continues in and around the Libyan capital of Tripoli, tens of thousands of guest workers from Egypt, Tunisia, Bangladesh and other countries have fled to the border of Tunisia to escape the violence. The situation has turned into a humanitarian emergency as fledgling Tunisia is overwhelmed with the workers. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to fight to the end.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

RAS JDIR, TUNISIA - MARCH 09: A Bangladeshi man who recently crossed into Tunisia from Libya pauses a United Nations displacement camp on March 9, 2011 in Ras Jdir, Tunisia. As fighting continues in and around the Libyan capital of Tripoli, tens of thousands of guest workers from Egypt, Tunisia, Bangladesh and other countries have fled to the border of Tunisia to escape the violence. The situation has turned into a humanitarian emergency as fledgling Tunisia is overwhelmed with the workers. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to fight to the end. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Spencer Platt

RAS JDIR, TUNISIA - MARCH 09: Somali women who recently crossed into Tunisia from Libya wait for food outside of a feeding center in a United Nations sponsored displacement camp on March 09, 2011 in Ras Jdir, Tunisia. As fighting continues in and around the Libyan capital of Tripoli, tens of thousands of guest workers from Egypt, Tunisia, Bangladesh and other countries have fled to the border of Tunisia to escape the violence. The situation has turned into a humanitarian emergency as fledgling Tunisia is overwhelmed with the workers. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to fight to the end.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

RAS JDIR, TUNISIA - MARCH 09: Somali women who recently crossed into Tunisia from Libya wait for food outside of a feeding center in a United Nations sponsored displacement camp on March 09, 2011 in Ras Jdir, Tunisia. As fighting continues in and around the Libyan capital of Tripoli, tens of thousands of guest workers from Egypt, Tunisia, Bangladesh and other countries have fled to the border of Tunisia to escape the violence. The situation has turned into a humanitarian emergency as fledgling Tunisia is overwhelmed with the workers. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to fight to the end. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Spencer Platt

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Libyan rebels take positions while fighting government troops as a facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Libyan rebels take positions while fighting government troops as a facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Libyan rebels fire rockets at government troops on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Libyan rebels fire rockets at government troops on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Libyan rebels take cover from government fire as a natural gas facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Libyan rebels take cover from government fire as a natural gas facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

Libyan volunteers cheer as smoke rises from the oil port of Sirdra in the background, in the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Libyan volunteers cheer as smoke rises from the oil port of Sirdra in the background, in the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Tara Todras-Whitehill

Anti-Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi rebels, prepare to fire  rockets during  fighting against pro- Gadhafi fighters, in Sidra town, eastern Libya, on Wednesday March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. Gadhafi appeared to be keeping up the momentum he has seized in recent days in his fight against rebels trying to move on the capital, Tripoli, from territory they hold in eastern Libya. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Anti-Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi rebels, prepare to fire rockets during fighting against pro- Gadhafi fighters, in Sidra town, eastern Libya, on Wednesday March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. Gadhafi appeared to be keeping up the momentum he has seized in recent days in his fight against rebels trying to move on the capital, Tripoli, from territory they hold in eastern Libya. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hussein Malla

Anti-Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi rebels, walk forward to fight as smokes rises from a fuel storage facility that attacked during a fighting against pro-Moammar Gadhafi fighters, in Sidr town, eastern Libya, on Wednesday March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. Gadhafi appeared to be keeping up the momentum he has seized in recent days in his fight against rebels trying to move on the capital, Tripoli, from territory they hold in eastern Libya. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Anti-Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi rebels, walk forward to fight as smokes rises from a fuel storage facility that attacked during a fighting against pro-Moammar Gadhafi fighters, in Sidr town, eastern Libya, on Wednesday March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. Gadhafi appeared to be keeping up the momentum he has seized in recent days in his fight against rebels trying to move on the capital, Tripoli, from territory they hold in eastern Libya. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hussein Malla

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Rebel fighters advance on the frontline as rebel Katusha rockets fly overhead towards government positions on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Rebel fighters advance on the frontline as rebel Katusha rockets fly overhead towards government positions on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Libyan rebels fire Katusha rockets at government troops on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi westward towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Libyan rebels fire Katusha rockets at government troops on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi westward towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  A rebel fighter carries of load of rocket propelled grenades while advancing on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: A rebel fighter carries of load of rocket propelled grenades while advancing on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  A Libyan rebel carries an independence-era Libyan flag as a facility burns during fighting on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: A Libyan rebel carries an independence-era Libyan flag as a facility burns during fighting on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Libyan rebels pause to pray before a battle with government troops on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Libyan rebels pause to pray before a battle with government troops on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Libyan rebels take cover as a government jet fighter passes overhead near the frontline on March 9, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Libyan rebels take cover as a government jet fighter passes overhead near the frontline on March 9, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  A rebel fighter naps ahead of a battle against government troops near the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: A rebel fighter naps ahead of a battle against government troops near the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Libyan rebels fire rockets at government troops on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi westward towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Libyan rebels fire rockets at government troops on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi westward towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Libyan rebels take cover during a battle with government troops as a facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Libyan rebels take cover during a battle with government troops as a facility burns on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels pushed back government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09:  Libyan rebels take cover while battling government troops on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels repulsed a government offensive on Ras Lanuf and pushed back troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 09: Libyan rebels take cover while battling government troops on the frontline on March 9, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The rebels repulsed a government offensive on Ras Lanuf and pushed back troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi towards Ben Jawat. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

Four men have been arrested for the murder of an Al Jazeera journalist, and rebel officials claim evidence has emerged that Muammar Gaddafi's regime is sending undercover squads to carry out assassinations.

The Independent was told that four men were caught in the city of Ajdabiya with evidence linking them to the death of Ali Hassan Al Jaber, who was killed near Benghazi on Saturday. Under questioning, the suspects allegedly confessed that they had been ordered to silence opposition figures and drive out international presence from territories of the protest movement.



Mohammed al-Majberi, a commander of militant fighters, the Shabaab, said: "The men had five guns, some of them with silencers and they also had night sights. Bullets from two of them matched those used to kill the Al Jazeera journalist. The men were dressed in civilian clothing and they had thousands of dinars in cash. But they told us that they were carrying out orders and they had not done the killing for money."



Mr Majberi displayed an Ak-47 with markings stating "502 Khetiba", which he said were used by the 32nd Brigade of the Libyan Army. "We had to chase the men for five hours after a patrol found them at about 1am on Sunday. They were driving a modified pick-up truck of the type used by some units in the army. They said they were from Sabha [in the south] where, as we know, some people support Gaddafi," he said.



The death of Mr Jaber, a cameraman and Qatari national, has added to the tension in Benghazi with a number of foreign journalists pulling out, either to Tobruk or to another country. Al Jazeera said: "This is part of the Libyan government's malicious campaign targeting Al Jazeera and its staff."



The claims of death squads came as warplanes carried out raids on Ajdabiya, the only city under rebel control before Benghazi, capital of the recently established provisional government. Seizing Ajdabiya would give Colonel Gaddafi's troops access to roads leading south to Tobruk and eastern areas. This would give them the potential to close the border with Egypt, the main source of supplies for the rebel-held part of the country and attempt to encircle Benghazi. But taking Ajdabiya – larger and more heavily-populated than areas which pro-Gaddafi troops had captured in recent days – may prove difficult. Yesterday planes dropped leaflets on the city asking residents to "help catch the criminals who are causing disturbances". State television announced that an amnesty would be offered to anyone who gave up their weapons. Rebel officials claimed yesterday their units had gone back into Brega, an oil port recently captured by regime forces. "They have pushed out most of the Gaddafi men. There are still some hiding in houses and they are being hunted down," Ahmed Husseini, of the Shabaab, said.



The claims could not be verified because journalists were prevented from going forward from Ajdabiya to investigate. The rebels had initially courted the international media, but as they lost ground there had been repeated accusations that the regime was tracking down locations of their positions from television footage.



Meanwhile, Britain and France continued to push for the declaration of a no-fly zone over Libya at a meeting of G8 foreign ministers in Paris.



In a statement to the Commons yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron said imposing a no-fly zone was "perfectly deliverable".



Regional round-up



Yemen



Three soldiers were killed yesterday in clashes with anti-government protesters in the north of the country, while a provincial governor was hospitalised after being stabbed in the neck during a confrontation with protesters in the eastern province of Marib.



Military forces have been deployed throughout Yemen to try to contain weeks of often bloody rallies demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down after 32 years in power. At least seven demonstrators have been killed in clashes since Saturday.



Yesterday, authorities also deported four Western journalists. A British reporter said that he and the three others were told they had to leave because of the stories they were writing, the Associated Press news agency reported.



Jordan



The country's largest opposition party, which has been pushing for reform, says its leader has been threatened and is now under police protection. Hamza Mansour, of the Islamic Action Front, had called for the Prime Minister to be elected rather than appointed and addressed about 4,000 pro-reform protesters earlier this month.



Egypt



Thousands of Christians who have been protesting in Cairo against ill-treatment and the burning of a church near the capital will suspend their demonstration for a week. Thirteen people were killed and 140 injured in sectarian clashes earlier this month, in one of the biggest tests yet for the military government that replaced President Hosni Mubarak

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