Seven protesters killed in Libya's Benghazi: paper

22:17, February 18, 2011      

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Seven people were killed and scores wounded in clashes with police in Libya's second city Benghazi on Thursday, a day called by anti-regime protesters a "Day of Wrath", Quryna newspaper, close to the son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, said on Friday.

The paper said security forces used live ammunition to disperse demonstrators, adding protesters set fire on seven police vehicles.

Citing eyewitnesses, the paper said police dispersed protests staged in the center of the city Friday morning, adding security forces had to fire teargas and shots in the air to end the demonstrations.

Opposition Libya Al-Youm website reported Thursday that 14 protesters were killed in the eastern town of Al Baida alone.

London-based human rights group Libya Watch has said internal security forces and members of the Revolutionary Committees used live ammunition to disperse the demonstration in the town.

Tech-savvy young men through social network sites, such as Facebook, called on citizens to take into the streets to end Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year old rule, in an apparent attempt to emulate recent popular uprisings in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt which forced the leaders of both courtiers to quit.

Source: Xinhua
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