84 people killed in protests in Libya

10:00, February 20, 2011      

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The security forces in Libya have killed at least 84 people during clashes with demonstrators over the past three days, Tunisian official agency TAP reported on Saturday, citing eye witnesses and medical sources.

Protests broke out in several Libyan cities, particularly in the second largest city of Benghazi, where demonstrators called for political and economic reforms in the country ruled by Muammar Gaddafi for more than 40 years.

Earlier reports said that live ammunition has been used by the Libyan security forces against the protesters, and at least two policemen were killed in the clashes.

Two of Libya's neighbors, Tunisia and Egypt, have seen their former leaders ousted from power following popular protests against the regime.

Source: Xinhua

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