WRAPUP 8-Gaddafi forces push towards Benghazi, no UN move yet

Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:48pm GMT

* Gaddafi troops push eastwards, take junction at Ajdabiyah

* Night time anti-Gaddafi protests in city of Benghazi

* Benghazi residents say leaflets in streets offer pardon

* U.S. mulls ways to free up Gaddafi assets to help rebels

* U.N. security council draft resolution circulated

(Adds deputy foreign minister comment on Western oil firms)

By Mohammed Abbas

AJDABIYAH, Libya, March 15 (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's forces pushed relentlessly eastwards towards Libyan rebels' stronghold of Benghazi on Tuesday, while world powers wrangled over a draft resolution to impose a no-fly zone.

Gaddafi appeared at an evening rally in a huge tent in Tripoli, condemning the rebels as rats, dogs, hypocrites and traitors. As he spoke, thousands gathered in a Benghazi square denouncing him as a tyrant and throwing shoes and other objects at his image projected upside down on a wall.   Continued...

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