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Monday, February 21, 2011

Libya Protests: Dozens Killed As Anti-Gaddafi Protests Continue-Watch Full News

Gaddafi has attempted to put down protests with a violent crackdown, triggering some of the worst bloodshed in the two months since unrest began sweeping across the Arab world.

Dozens of people have been arrested in Libya over the past few days, the official news agency JANA reported. They are accused of belonging to a "foreign network" and seeking to destabilize the country and the people's national unity.

Those arrested included Tunisian, Egyptian, Sudanese, Turkish, Palestinian and Syrian citizens.

HRW said that telephone interviews with hospital staffers and witnesses led to the estimates. It added in a statement: "The Libyan authorities should immediately end attacks on peaceful protesters and protect them from assault by pro-government armed groups."

Human rights groups had estimated 20 deaths in the city on Thursday and 35 during Friday's protests, with most of the victims suffering gunshot wounds to the head or chest.

for other countries, it could just be that it doesn't affect them. they may have more pressing problems within their own borders, which doesn't give them the luxury of philosophi­zing on current world affairs.

Sunday's violence took place after residents took to the streets in their thousands to bury scores of dead killed in the previous 24 hours. The United States said it was "gravely concerned" by what it called credible reports hundreds of people had been injured or killed.

Seven protesters were killed in the demonstrations on Thursday at Benghazi,' a local medical official who requested anonymity said, without giving further details.

Emboldened by successful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, thousands of Libyans have been calling for the ouster of Gaddafi, who has been in power for 41 years.

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