He said in some cases the wounds inflicted on civilians appear to be consistent with injuries caused by white phosphorus.
A Libyan American who spoke to her family in Tripoli on Friday said her mother told her the Libyan capital was “strangely quiet.”
Sources said pro-Gadhafi forces shot down an opposition fighter jet over Benghazi on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a Libyan government spokesman denied there had been any attacks on Benghazi.
“There are no attacks whatsoever on Benghazi. As we said, we are observing the cease-fire and we want international observers to come,” Mussa Ibrahim, the spokesman, told Reuters news agency.
“There are rebels attacking villages and towns trying to instigate outside military intervention,” he added.
President Obama on Friday warned Col. Gadhafi to stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi and pull them back from Ajdabiya, Misurata, and Zawiya.
“If Gadhafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences, and the resolution will be enforced through military action,” Mr. Obama said.
A Libyan journalist, Mohamed Nabbous of Al Hurra TV, was fatally shot in Benghazi, his pregnant wife confirmed to a Livestream chat group.
“Ask him to stop killing us. … How can you people just watch us getting killed,” he said, adding, “We just want to live free.”
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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