Security Forces Besiege Protesters-Occupied City, Dozens Killed across Libya

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Bulgaria: Security Forces Besiege Protesters-Occupied City, Dozens Killed across Libya Thousands of people on Friday attended the funerals of anti-regime protesters killed the previous day in clashes with security forces in Libya's second city Benghazi. EPA/BGNES

Libyan security forces have been stations around the eastern city of Al Bayda, which was captured by anti-Gaddafi protesters and local police that fraternized with them earlier on Friday.

Civil protests in the streets of the third largest city Al Bayda appear to have grown out of proportion to the extent that the protesters managed to take over the entire city.

The security forces are in control of the roads to and from Al Bayda and the airport, according to an anonymous government source, cited by international media, BGNES reported.

The source has revealed that the protesters managed to take over the city because the security forces received an order to leave the downtown in order to avoid bloody clashes with the rally.

A total of 14 people are reported to have been killed in Al Bayda since the start of the protests against the dictatorship of Muamar Gaddafi several days ago.

Opposition activists say dozens of protesters were shot dead in Libya on Friday, DPA reported. At least 25 people were killed in Beghazi where the police were replaced with military troops.

Two more protesters were shot dead in the northern city of Qubah, the opposition National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL) said Friday.

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

The Quryna newspaper, which has close ties to Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, reported that 14 people were killed in Benghazi on Thursday, after police used live ammunition against protesters during several days of protests.

Meanwhile, the Libyan opposition accused authorities of providing more arms to the elite army brigade Khamees Gaddafi, named after one of the sons of the Libyan leader.

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Nellieherself - 19 Feb 2011 // 04:37:49

Unfortunately, Qaddafi is not as good a diplomat as Mubarak. A dictator should graciously stand down when his time is up.

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