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Series of NATO air strikes hit Tripoli; UN refugee agency speaks to plight of those fleeing Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Explosions thundered through the Libyan capital Tuesday from at least four targets struck by NATO warplanes.
To the east, rebels battled Moammar Gadhafi's forces on a deadlocked front line.
Tripoli saw some of the heaviest NATO bombing in weeks and local residents say one site hit was a building used by a military intelligence agency. Officials say another building was sometimes used by parliament members.
It was not immediately clear what the other two strikes hit, but one of them sent plumes of smoke over the city. The smoke appeared to come from the sprawling compound housing members of Gadhafi's family.
Heavy fighting was reported Monday south of a rebel-held town about 90 miles south of Benghazi, the rebel headquarters in the east.
Meanwhile, the U.N. refugee agency says European authorities patrolling the Mediterranean shouldn't wait to receive distress calls from unseaworthy ships filled with people trying to escape Libya.


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