Nearly all the tribal leaders meeting at central Tripoli's Algeria Square inside an ornate hall with a large portrait of a much younger Kadafi peering from one end, avoided parroting the government's hard line on the rebellion. Instead, they announced plans to march across the country to reunite Libya's divided east and west.
Asked how they would resolve the fundamental divide between those who want Kadafi and those who don't, Iyad replied that the country could address those differences once the bloodshed subsided.
Among opposition supporters in Tripoli, there was optimism that the airstrikes would continue and help the rebels topple Kadafi. Many are watching to see whether protests, which have subsided in recent weeks, will break out on Friday after weekly prayers.
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