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British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday visited Tripoli and the eastern city Benghazi, the birthplace of the revolution.

The rebels urged Mr. Cameron and Mr. Sarkozy to continue NATO operations in Libya until the entire country is under their control.

NATO aircraft bombed the ousted regime’s targets near Sirte and Sebha. Airstrikes took out a military storage facility, armored vehicles, multiple rocket launchers and air missile systems.

Rebels had been negotiating a peaceful takeover of the pro-Gadhafi strongholds with the tribal chiefs, but those talks broke down a day before a rebel deadline was due to expire last week.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), meanwhile, warned of a dire humanitarian situation in Bani Walid, Jufra and Sabha.

“We are concerned about a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in these three areas as well as in and around Sirte. Heavy fighting has already taken place and it could intensify,” said Georges Comninos, the head of the ICRC delegation in Tripoli.

Detta Gleeson, an ICRC health delegate, said the central hospital in Bani Walid is not functional and staff cannot reach the hospital because of the fighting.