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Rebels considering Gadhafi offer: report

Libyan rebels run from an airforce bomb on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf on March 8, 2011. AFP/GETTY IMAGES/Marco Longari.

Libyan rebels are considering a conditional offer from Moammar Gadhafi to step down, according to a news report.

The opposition National Council told Al Jazeera the Libyan leader sent a representative to the eastern stronghold of Benghazi Sunday night to negotiate his exit.

Gadhafi would reportedly step down if his war crime charges are dropped; if he and his family are guaranteed safe passage from the country; and if he is allowed to keep his assets.

Council head Abdel Jalil Mustapha rejected the idea, but said he may consider a deal after Gadhafi leaves.

A foreign ministry official denied the talks, describing the reports as “absolute nonsense.”

Since the middle of last month when clashes between protesters and the government began, Gadhafi has vowed he would never leave Libya and end his four decades in power.

The country’s army continued its airstrikes on rebel positions for a second day on Tuesday, though no deaths were reported.