Arab League calls for end to violence in Libya

22:09, February 21, 2011      

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Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa called for an end to the violence in Libya, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported Monday.

"The demands of the Arab peoples for reform, development and change are legitimate, and the Arab nations' feelings are joined together in this decisive moment in the history of the region," Moussa was quoted by MENA as saying in a statement released on Monday.

Protestors began to take to the streets in Libya last Wednesday, calling for an end to Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year-old rule, in an apparent attempt to emulate recent protests in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, which forced the leaders of both countries to quit.

Internet services were partially cut off in Libya early Saturday, reported AL-Jazeera TV.

Libyan envoy to the Arab League resigned Sunday and joined the protests in his country, MENA reported.

Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam said in a televised address early Monday that 84 protestors were killed in the Libyan city of Benghazi during anti-government protests. However, human rights activists in the country said the deaths could be above 300.

Source: Xinhua

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