Libya's central gov't building on fire

18:31, February 21, 2011      

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A central government building in the Libyan capital of Tripoli was set on fire Monday, according to Al-Arabiya TV.

Protesters in Tripoli have also ransacked the headquarters of state television overnight and set ablaze the offices of the People's Committees which are the mainstay of the regime, said the report.

Inspired by streets-born uprisings which swept Tunisia and Egypt and forced their leaders to step down, thousands of Libyans have started a string of protests against leader Muammar Gaddafi, in power for 42 years. But the protests have met with a heavy- handed security crackdown

A total of 100 protesters have been killed in the Libyan city of Benghazi by the security forces on anti-government protests, the pan-Arab Al Arabiya TV reported on Sunday, while Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam said in a televised address early Monday that 84 protestors were killed in Benghazi,

There are conflicting reports about the death toll as media reports depend on phone conversations with witnesses and medical sources and it has been hard to verify these accounts after Libyan authorities barred independent and foreign journalist from entering the city since the start of the unrest.

Source: Xinhua
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