Libyan Government Scorns Rebel Cease-Fire Offer

The Libyan government has rejected a rebel offer for a cease-fire. Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim scorned the offer late on April 1, saying, “If that’s not crazy, I don’t know what is.” The rebel leadership has said its fighters would agree to a cease-fire if Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi withdrew his forces from all of Libya’s cities and respected the rights of Libyans to choose sides.
Reports say that the morale of Libya’s rebels has been boosted by the appearance of more trained and armed fighters, mostly former soldiers and officers, at the rebel front lines.
On April 1, only former military officers and the lightly trained volunteers serving under them were allowed on the front lines.
Some were recent arrivals, hoping to rally against forces loyal to the Libyan leader who ha…

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