Libyan unrest escalates, dozens killed

22:11, February 21, 2011      

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More than 200 anti-government protesters were killed during the last few days of political unrest in the Libyan city of Benghazi, Al-Jazeera TV reported Monday.

Witnesses from Benghazi said that dozens of people were killed on Saturday when troops opened fire on anti-government protesters in the city.

Al-Jazeera TV quoted medical sources as saying 61 people had been killed in the latest protests in Tripoli on Monday.

Fighting has also broken out in the eastern cities of Al-Bayada, Ajdabiya, Darnah, and Tobruk.

Earlier, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam in a televised speech warned that Libya would face a civil war if the clashes continued.

Seif al-Islam said 84 protestors were killed in Benghazi, denying early reports of 250 deaths of protestors.

He vowed that the government will fight until "the last man, the last woman, and the last bullet," to stay in power. He said that Libya is "not Egypt or Tunisia," neighboring countries whose leaders were swept from power in recent weeks.

Promising "incredible reforms for a new Libya", he urged protestors to go home.

Inspired by popular protests that had swept Tunisia and Egypt and forced their leaders to step down, thousands of Libyans have started a string of protests against their leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Source: Xinhua
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