The protests and violence were the heaviest yet in the capital, a sign of the spread of unrest after six days of demonstrations in eastern cities demanding the end of the elder Gadhafi's rule. FRANCE 24 INTERNATIONAL NEWS 24/7
Monday, February 21, 2011
Colonel Muammar Gadhafi would have left Libya and taking refuge in Venezuela. And 'as they show a corresponding network of pan-Arab al-Jazeera from Tripoli. The source of news, which has not yet received any official confirmation from Tripoli or from Caracas, and 'the secretary added the Libyan embassy in Beijing, Hussein Sadeq to the meter. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reported that the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, Saif al-Islam (credited as the embodiment of the wing "reformist" regime, which paved the way for normalization of ties between Tripoli and the West since the beginning of crisis, the Libyan leader of the country), speaking to Libyan state television, said it was implementing a "conspiracy" against his country by an unnamed "separatist movement". Saif al-Islam has denied in his speech on television to the country in the unrest of recent days there have been hundreds of deaths, but admitted that for its tribal structure and Libya for oil may sink into civil war.
THE REBELLION. Libya's Colonel Qaddafi is facing an unprecedented rebellion, born in the wake of strong protests against their government in Tunisia and Egypt. The recent clashes in the city of Benghazi, Libya, arrived in the capital Tripoli. The violent scuffles between thousands of opposition protesters and supporters of the Gadhafi regime are still being held in Tripoli. The Al Jazeera television said quoting witnesses. The police, witnesses said, intervened with tear gas.
CRACKS IN THE ARMED FORCES. First cracks in the ranks of the Libyan armed forces. Some army units deployed in Benghazi, where the heart of the revolt, there were almost 300 people, have sided with the demonstrators. The commanders have urged the opposition to "liberate" Benghazi forces pro-Gadhafi. Medical sources said, Habib al-Obaidi, head of the intensive care unit of Al-Jala, and the lawyer Mohamed Al-Mana, that some soldiers were hospitalized with injuries sustained in clashes with the guard Gaddafi's personal. "They told us that they overwhelmed the Praetorians (Gaddafi) and joined the insurgency," said the lawyer Al-Mana.
OBAMA. The Obama administration following "very concerned" about the developments in Libya, and officially asked for an end "to all violence against peaceful demonstrators." Said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley. Crowley said in a statement that the U.S. is prepared to reduce the presence of their diplomats in the country where, according to evidence gathered, there were "hundreds of people killed or injured." "The comprehensive review of the number of dead - he explained - is not known because of difficulties of access in place for representatives of international media and associations defending the interests of human rights'. The U.S. has been in contact with Libya, demanding the immediate cessation of all violence against peaceful demonstrators. "We have done this to many Libyan diplomats, including Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, our firm opposition to the use of firearms against peaceful demonstrators - Crowley said. - Libyan leaders have pledged to protect the right to demonstrate peacefully. We ask the Lebanese government to fulfill this commitment and we feel responsible for all law enforcement officials who fail to act accordingly. "
The son of longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi warned in a nationally televised address early on Monday that continued anti-government protests might lead to a civil war that could send the country's oil wells up in flames. (Feb. 20)
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