Libya army chief under house arrest over siding protesters: resigned envoy

09:14, February 22, 2011      

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Libya's permanent representative to the Arab League, who resigned over a heavy-handed security crackdown on protesters, said the chief of the Libyan army is now under house arrest.

"I have confirmed information saying Libyan army chief General Abu-Bakr Yunis Jabil is now under house arrest," Abdel Moneim al- Honi told Al-Jazeera TV.

He said a number of policemen stopped opening fire at protesters.

"Most of honorable police forces stopped opening fire at demonstrators," he said. Al-Jazeera TV, citing medical sources, said more than 61 people had been killed in the latest protests in Tripoli on Monday.

It said security forces and pro-Gaddafi militia were looting banks and other government institutions in Tripoli, and protesters had broken into several police stations and wrecked them.

Protesters in Tripoli have ransacked the headquarters of state television overnight and set the offices of the People's Committees that are the mainstay of the regime ablaze.

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

Inspired by streets-born uprisings that had 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 41 years.

Source: Xinhua

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